STANTON— After 25-years of working at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, Health Officer Kim Singh is retiring.
Over the years, Singh has worked up through the ranks in the department and served the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot and Clinton.
“She gave the department a good name all over the state while serving the counties,” said Bonnie Havlicek, community health and education division director at Mid-Michigan District Health Department.
Singh’s retirement will begin on Monday, however she is not done serving people in the community.
Singh will begin a new role as the director of community and government affairs with the Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC).
“It’s a chance to try something else,” Singh said.
MCDC, Singh said, is a non-profit organization that runs 21 public dental clinics throughout Michigan in partnership with local health departments. MCDC currently operates the Montcalm Area Dental Center and the St. Johns community-based dental clinic within the Mid-Michigan District.
Havlicek said Singh is going to be missed at the department, but she looks forward to seeing and working with her in her new role.
“She is an amazing person,” Havlicek said. “We are really going to miss Kim.”
Once Singh retires, she said there are two things she is going to miss about her job. The first is working with community partners, which she said she has been fortunate to work with, and second the whole health department staff.
“They are a very dedicated team and also very skilled at what they do,” Singh said of her current colleagues.
Singh said she is looking forward to her new position at MCDS and said the dental area is important for a person’s overall health.
In her new position, she said she is looking forward to building relationships with the clinics, community and more.
Part of her job, she said, will be to raise community awareness and to get people in the door.
One of her main goals in her new positions, she said, is to make the clinics a success.
“It’s important for people to access the dental care that is available in Michigan,” Singh said.
Singh’s replacement at the health department is Marcus Cheatham, who is the current assistant deputy health officer at the Ingham County Health Department. His first day will be May 29.
“Get to know the community and all you can about the health department,” Singh said as her words of advice to Cheatham. “The department is full of great people.”
Havlicek said she and the department wish Singh the best in her retirement.
“She has contributed so much in her 25 years of service,” Havlicek said. “She left her mark on the community.”