Del. DPH Director announces departure

1280 Karyl Rattay


DOVER, Del. – Dr. Karyl Rattay announced on Friday that she will leave her role as Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health next month.

Dr. Rattay assumed her position in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic and is the nation’s longest serving Public Health Director. She will step down from her position effective June 30, 2022.

“It has been the greatest honor of my lifetime to serve Delawareans in this role, said Dr. Rattay. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served under Governor Carney, and Governor Markell before him. I could not be prouder of the DPH team and what we have accomplished together over the past 13 years.”

Governor John Carney released a statement following Friday’s announcement. Governor Carney says, “When you work with someone through a crisis, you really see what they’re made of. Dr. Rattay is smart, steady, focused, and committed. Most importantly though, she is kind and compassionate. Her style of leadership and her work ethic are what helped Delaware make it through this pandemic. And the work Dr. Rattay did at Public Health in the decade leading up to the pandemic is why her team was ready and able to step up and manage this crisis. We will miss Dr. Rattay as a member of our team and I am personally grateful to her for all she did to lead us through this once-in-a-generation public health crisis.”

Dr. Rattay says that leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has tested those in public health departments professionally and personally. She indicated that while she is not ready to announce her next role, she is excited about the new opportunities in front of her and believes this is a good time to transition the Division to its next leader.

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