City Official Leaving Post End of This Month For New Position in Health Care


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,113)

The City has announced that Doug Gardner, Portland’s Director of Health & Human Services for the past 15 years, has resigned  his position effective June 27, 2014.  Gardner is leaving to take the position of Vice President of Operations for North Country Associated, a Maine-based Long Term Care company, in Lewiston.  The Acting Director will be Julie Sullivan the current director of the Public Health Division, while a search is performed for a new director.

“Doug’s passion and understanding of the issues surrounding health and human services in Maine has made him an excellent advocate for the residents of Portland,” said Mark Rees, city manager.  “While are sad to lose his leadership,  we wish him well in his new endeavor.”

Among his achievements Gardner listed the retooling the City’s restaurant inspections program, protecting citizens from secondhand smoke, healthy living initiatives and welcoming new Mainers to Portland.  However, Gardner’s proudest achievement is his work in the area of homelessness for the city according to a press released issued by the city.