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Flathead health officer resigns in the face of 'toxic environment'


December 4, 2020

In the heat of one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Montana, Flathead County's interim public health officer is resigning.

On November 27, Tamalee St. James Robinson told the Flathead County Commission and the Flathead City-County Board of Health that she will step down from her position Decenber 31. She also wrote that she will not be returning to her seat on the health board, which she had temporarily vacated over the summer to take over for the county's previous health officer, who left for another job.

In her resignation letter, Robinson pointedly blamed both the health board and county commissioners for politicizing the virus that has killed 39 people in Flathead County and nearly 700 people across the state.


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