Lexington-Fayette County health commissioner announces resignation

Marcus Dorsey/mdorsey@herald-leader.com
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Dr. Joel McCullough, the commissioner of health for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, has announced his resignation.

The health department said in a statement that McCullough’s resignation will go into effect on July 31. The health department said it would conduct a national search for its new commissioner.

“We wish Dr. McCullough well on his next endeavors,” health department officials said in a statement.

McCullough served as public health director and health officer for the Spokane, Wash., health district for eight years before being appointed Lexington’s commissioner in December 2021. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The previous commissioner, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, announced in December 2020 that he would retire in June 2021. The health department identified a candidate to replace Humbaugh, but they turned down the offer. Humbaugh decided to stay on as commissioner for an additional six months before McCullough was hired.