- Associated Press - Thursday, June 22, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller says he’s retiring this fall.

WSFA-TV reports Miller’s retirement, announced Wednesday, is effective Sept. 1.

Miller took the position in 2015 following the departure of Dr. Don Williamson. He faced backlash earlier this month for hiring James Talton, the former director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System who was terminated in 2014 for neglect of duty.

Despite calling Talton a “good fit” for the job of overseeing a group of units, including finance, information technology, and vital statistics, the Alabama Department of Public Health quickly backtracked on the hire, parting ways with Talton.

Gov. Kay Ivey, who was scheduled to return to Alabama from the Paris Air Show Wednesday, was not immediately available to comment on Miller’s plans.


Information from: WSFA-TV, https://www.wsfa.com/

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