Essex County is once again scouring the region for a new public health director.
County officials say they're searching high and low for a qualified person to fill the position vacated last Friday by Karen Levison. She's taken a job as Saratoga County's Public Health Commissioner.
That leaves the county searching for its second public health director since 2009, when its long-time public health director retired.
The county began advertising for the position at the end of April and its statewide search has already netted several candidates for the position, according to Randy Douglas, chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
Douglas said that at least one interview has already been conducted and that the county was likely to hire someone soon.
"I believe we can pull this off in a month's time if not sooner," Douglas said.
The job pays between $79,000 and $83,000 per year.