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Waco-McLennan County Health District has a new director after nearly 6-month search

LaShonda M. Malrey-Horne's first day on the job is March 1.
LaShonda M. Malrey-Horne's first day on the job is March 1.(City of Waco photo)
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 4:53 PM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Board has hired a new director of public health services, a position that’s been vacant since late July.

LaShonda M. Malrey-Horne, who has more than 15 years of community health service experience, replaces Dr. Brenda Gray, who was fired in late July when the county had 3,575 confirmed cases of the virus and had recorded 25 deaths.

On Wednesday, the case total was 22,994 and the death toll was 358, according to local data.

The health district board, made up of representatives of participating McLennan County cities, voted unanimously to hire Masley-Horne, who most recently served as operations section chief for the Regional Health and Medical Operations Center at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Tyler.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health studies from Texas Women’s University in Denton and a master’s degree in public health from A.T. Sill University in Kirksville, Mo.

“She has a well-rounded background in public health, the technical and relational skills to lead our public health district now and into the future,” said Waco Deputy City Manager, Deidra Emerson, who led the search while serving as acting director of the health district.

Marley-Horne’s first day on the job will be March 1.

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