Longtime Inyo County HHS Director to Step Down

Inyo County Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner will step down in June, according to a county press release. Turner has served as HHS Director for the past 14 years and has worked for the department since 1986.

“Jean embodies what a public servant is all about in dedicating her life to helping others improve their own,” said Fourth District Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Tillemans. “A Director who both manages effectively and works in the trenches with staff is someone who is difficult to replace and she will be sorely missed. Her retirement is well earned and we hope she’s able to enjoy it to the fullest.”

The HHS Director oversees 13 offices and facilities and 135 employees. Vaccine and HIV testing programs, foster care and protective services, senior center activities, employment and public assistance, and mental health counseling are just some of the programs that fall under the HHS Department’s purview.

A nationwide search for a new HHS Director will begin later this month. As for Turner, she plans to stay in the area during retirement.

“These mountains are what drew me here to start with 31 years ago. As long as my body is able, I’ll be enjoying those mountains as long as I can.”