Scott Lenhart has been reappointed to serve as Stokes County Health Director by a unanimous vote of the Stokes County Board of Commissioners.
Lenhart resigned from the position in May to pursue a career in the private sector, but said Tuesday he was looking forward to returning to work in Stokes County.
“The people here are what brought back me back,” he said. “The corporate world is a lot different than working in public service. I was not feeling comfortable with myself when I asked what did I do today to help somebody. It is not always about the money and I found that out real fast.”
Lenhart, who had served in public service rolls for 43 years, said it was hard to give up the feeling of success he had felt from helping people in Stokes County.
“It took me stepping away to see what it would be like and thank God the commissioners saw fit to bring me back on,” said Lenhart. “I made a bad decision leaving, but I am glad that I could correct it.”
Lenhart has been helping the county under a contract position for the past two months helping the health department go through the process of re-accreditation.
He said after the health department got through accreditation he wanted to focus on what the department could do improve funding issues and expand programs.
“We still have a staffing issue with a provider that needs to be taken care of,” he said. “But we have a great bunch of nurses, the best I have seen in a long time.”
He said he would explore the possibilities of expanding services in the King area, but noted there were funding, staffing and structural issues that would have to be considered.
“I just want to thank the county for believing in me for the past four years,” he added. “The awards we got, being the most improved health department in 2013-14, those were all a result of hard work by the staff. They did it and they should be commended on it.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.