New Health Department director named

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Jon Richardson

The Virginia Department of Health has named Jon Richardson as the new health director for the Eastern Shore Health District.  

Richardson brings 18 years of public health experience, with 15 of those in public health leadership.  

He is a graduate of Salisbury University and began his public health career with the Carroll County Health Department in Westminster, Md. 

Richardson joined the Eastern Shore Health District in 2012 as the environmental health manager and has served in various leadership roles since. 

In his most recent role as chief operations officer, Richardson has focused on building relationships in the community and strong customer service.  

“I am confident that Jon and his team can continue to make progress on the many issues on the Shore that impact the health and well-being of its residents and tourists,” said Public Health and Preparedness Deputy Commissioner Bob Hicks.

Richardson was the VDH nominee for the Governor’s Courageous Leader Award in 2021 and was named a VDH Agency Star in 2022.

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