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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Olmsted County today named a new Director of Public Health.

A news release says Denise Daniels will officially assume her new duties next Monday. She has worked for Olmsted County for 18 years in a variety of positions, including associate director of public health.

“Denise is an exceptional leader who draws in others and empowers them to perform at their highest levels in individual and team settings,” said OCPHS Associate Director Michael Melius. “Her skills, knowledge, and abilities were regularly demonstrated during her time as Incident Commander in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As an associate director, the news release says Daniels "played an integral role in the county's COVID-19 response leaving the internal team as Incident Commander." Since the departure of former County Public Health Director Graham Briggs, Daniels and fellow Associate Director Michael Melius have served as interim co-directors.

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