State health commissioner announces resignation

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's state health commissioner announced his plans to resign on Friday after a little more than a year-and-a-half on the job.

State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess released a statement Friday saying he planned to leave the post in early October "strictly for personal reasons."

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the great citizens of Indiana in my role as State Health Commissioner over the past year and a half," VanNess said in the release. "It is with regret and strictly for personal reasons that I have submitted my resignation."

VanNess has served as state health commissioner since Jan. 14, 2013, when he was appointed by Gov. Mike Pence.

He previously served as a member of the Executive Board for the Indiana State Department of Health and as president and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County from 1997-2013.

In the release, VanNess said he planned to assist Pence "until he finds a suitable replacement."

"The dedicated employees at the Indiana State Department of Health have done a tremendous job of promoting and providing essential public health services for Hoosiers and I have every confidence they will continue to serve the state to the best of their abilities during this transition and after," VanNess said.

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