Melissa Lyon leaving Erie County Health Department

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The woman who has been leading the Erie County Health Department through the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving.

Melissa Lyon has resigned to become director of the newly-created Delaware County Health Department. Her appointment to that job was approved Thursday night.

“I am honored to have served as the director of public health in Erie County,” Melissa Lyon stated in a news release. “The residents of Erie County can rest assured that the Department of Health is in very capable hands and will continue to excel in serving the public health needs. I wish everyone good health and great success.”

Lyon’s resignation is effective January 3rd.

“Director Lyon’s knowledge as a public health official has been invaluable to Erie County,” Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper stated in the news release. “Her dedication to promoting and protecting the health and safety of our community has made her an exemplary leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I am grateful to Melissa for the passion and commitment she has brought to the department of health during the 8 years she has served as director.”

In Erie County, the director of the Health Department serves at the pleasure of the County Executive. As we know, Kathy Dahlkemper is being replaced by Brenton Davis in January.

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