County Comment: Stoner Appointed Washington County Health Officer
Photo Caption: Hagerstown's own Earl Stoner is the new County Health Officer
Stoner Appointed Washington County Health Officer
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer
Earl Stoner, MPH, of Hagerstown, has been appointed to the post of County Health Officer for Washington County by Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene John M. Colmers, affirming a recommendation by the Washington County Board of County Commissioners made in January.
In the letter of nomination sent to then Maryland Department of Health and Mental; Hygiene Secretary Anthony McCann, Commissioners' President John Barr said, " Mr. Stoner has held the position of Deputy Health Officer since July 6, 2005 and we feel he has the skills, knowledge and leadership qualifications that are necessary for this position."
Stoner is originally from Hagerstown and holds a Masters of Public Health degree from West Virginia University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of North Florida and an Associate of Arts degree from Hagerstown Junior College.
He served as Director of the Division of Health Services for WCHD from 1999 until 2005, was a program Supervisor for Community Outreach and Health Promotion from 1993 until 1999.
Stoner was Program Director for the Community Enrichment Coalition in Hagerstown from 1993-1994.
He serves and Has served on Board of The United Way of Washington County, the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, the Walnut Street Community Health Center, the Washington County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Hagerstown Community College Athletic Boosters, and the Washington County Mental Health Advisory Committee.
He is a member of numerous professional groups, including the Maryland Public Health Association, and has been affiliated with the Washington County Teen Pregnancy Task Force, the Washington County Gang Task Force. He has served as a mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Washington County and has been a Coach for Valley Little Leaguer.
County Commissions serve as the Board of Health for each local jurisdiction, and recommend Health Officer appointments to the State of Maryland. 14 applications were received and reviewed by the Commissioners.
Commissioner Jim Kercheval said, "We think it's great to get the leadership officially confirmed so that the Health Department can move forward. We appreciate Secretary Colmers' affirmation of our recommendation."