Pima County must now focus on finding ways to improve and craft the framework for the resumption of business and governmental operations in response to the changing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, he supported the recent creation of the “Pima County Back to Business Steering Committee,” which includes members of the Pima County Small Business Commission, as well as representatives of locally impacted businesses, unions, business organizations and individuals from other impacted industries. Among matters to be considered are the following: 1) Establishment of criteria for reopening of businesses in phases as the health situation improves; 2) Expediting changes in governmental regulations, training and permitting processes to reflect the phased-opening circumstances; and, 3) Providing guidance for employers to ensure their employees are safe and healthy as they return to the workplace.
In an effort to ensure the success of these public health and safety endeavors, Pima County recently announced the hiring of Dr. Theresa Cullen, a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and also a clinical associate professor at the medical college, as its new Pima County Health Director. Dr. Cullen has had a very distinguished career as a public health physician, including retiring as a Public Health Service Officer from the federal government with the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General.