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Health Commissioner Reflects On Her Tenure With Dutchess County

Dr. Kari Reiber is retiring effective Dec. 29 as Dutchess County Health Commissioner. The county Health Department is being merged with the county Department of Mental Hygiene effective Jan. 1.
Dr. Kari Reiber is retiring effective Dec. 29 as Dutchess County Health Commissioner. The county Health Department is being merged with the county Department of Mental Hygiene effective Jan. 1. Photo Credit: Provided

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Dutchess County Department of Health Commissioner Kari Reiber, MD, who is retiring effective Dec. 29 reflected on her tenure after being honored by the county legislature last week.

Dr. Reiber has served Dutchess County for over 12 years, including the past two years as county Health Commissioner.

In 2013, County Executive Marc Molinaro appointed Dr. Reiber as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health.

Dr. Reiber said her retirement plans include devoting time to family, animals, travel, and books, preferably non-fiction.

“I am honored to have served Dutchess County for the past 12 years,'' Dr. Reiber said. "I am deeply grateful to County Executive Molinaro and his dynamic staff, to members of the Dutchess County Legislature, to my fellow department heads, and to all my wonderful colleagues for their trust and continued support."

Dr. Reiber joined Dutchess County government as Medical Examiner in September 2003 after serving as the Deputy Medical Examiner assigned to Queens County in New York City. Dr. Reiber designed and modernized the County’s Medical Examiner Program, utilizing the most up-to-date medical and forensic science techniques.

"As I move on to new adventures, Dutchess County will remain very much in my thoughts and heart,'' Dr. Reiber said.

As previously announced, Molinaro has appointed Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM as the first Commissioner of Dutchess County’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health, a merger of the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide a more holistic, comprehensive approach to health and mental health services. Dr. Kurban will lead the new department when the merger is official on Jan. 1, 2016.

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