Katie Towns named permanent director of Springfield-Greene County Health Department
After five months on the job as acting director during times made turbulent by a global pandemic, Katie Towns was formally named director of health for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, the city announced Friday.
Springfield City Manager Jason Gage selected Towns for the permanent director position and called her "a highly skilled leader for the health department" in a written statement. He said she did a "terrific job" as acting director since February, when former director Clay Goddard left the department to work at the Missouri Foundation for Health.
“I fell in love with this work because the basis of public health is to make life the best it can be,” Towns said in a written statement.
The city said Friday that Towns has been assistant director since 2015 and previously served as public information administrator, chronic disease administrator and in a variety of other health and safety roles.