“She has the experience necessary to lead the Ohio Department of Health as it carries out its important health functions while also battling the pandemic,” the governor said.
McCloud said Thursday that she looks forward to join the pandemic team.
Himes, who served as interim director after Acton’s resignation, will be the new ODH senior deputy. His role will lead the coordination to get a COVID-19 vaccine out to Ohioans and also work directly with local health commissioners, DeWine said.
Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff will serve as ODH chief medical officer. He has spent over a decade at OhioHealth as a senior vice president and chief medical officer.
Kathleen Madden will be the heath department’s chief of staff. She previously was the assistant director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. DeWine said her position will “play a key role in keeping programs and operations moving and on track.”