Colby to step down at end of the year

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Dr. David Colby

After two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and having people show up at his home in the evening to protest, Chatham-Kent’s medical officer of health has announced his plans to retire.

Dr. David Colby, in the position for the past 19 years, will hang up his clipboard at the end of the year.

According to municipal officials, Colby has for years shown dedication to the health and wellbeing of Chatham-Kent and to its citizens, and that his leadership throughout the pandemic has been exemplary.

His journey is larger than the pandemic, officials said.

Joe Faas, chair of the board of health said, “Dr. Colby’s leadership throughout his time as our Medical Officer of Health has been commendable. On behalf of the board, staff, and the community, I thank Dr. Colby for his years of dedication and service to Chatham-Kent.”

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