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LOS ANGELES ( — Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Jonathan Fielding announced Thursday that he will be stepping down.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports Fielding, who has been with the department for 16 years, said in an email to staff that he will be returning to UCLA.

“I have been very privileged to have been your colleague over the past 16 years. After considerable thought, I have decided to leave County service when a successor, whom I understand will be identified through a nationwide executive search, is ready to assume the post. I plan to return to UCLA to help train future public health leaders and do research on how we can be even more effective,” Fielding wrote.

He also detailed the department’s accomplishments during his tenure, which included building a state of the art public health laboratory and the first of a new generation of public health centers, as well as securing a court judgment of over $600 million to reduce the threat of lead poisoning in low-income county residences.

It was unclear when he will be leaving.

No other details were immediately available.


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