Pima County Hires New Health Director

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has announced the hiring of Dr. Theresa Cullen as the new County public health director, effective June 1. Cullen has a distinguished career as a public health physician, including retiring as a public health service officer from the federal government with the ranks of rear admiral and assistant U.S. surgeon general.

Cullen will replace Dr. Bob England, who began serving as interim health director last June as Pima County searched for a permanent health director after the previous director left for another job. England will remain as full-time interim director until June 1. After that, he will stay on as a part-time physician to see the County through the initial phase of the current health pandemic.

Cullen will work part-time for the County starting May 4, serving as vice chair of the County’s Back to Business Task Force, which will help determine the criteria, rules, and guidance for reopening the economy as the effects of the pandemic lessen.