GOSHEN — A retired Elkhart County Health Department employee who led anti-smoking efforts for more than a decade will return to train the next director for the department’s tobacco control program.
The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved a contract Monday, July 22, with Mark Potuck to train the newest leader for the tobacco control program. The program works to reduce smoking and the use of tobacco products in the community through cessation counseling, school presentations, smoke-free policy consultation and health fairs. Potuck retired June 30 after 24 years of working with the county health department and serving for 12 years as the director of the tobacco control program.
Dr. Daniel Nafziger, the county’s health officer, signed a contract earlier this month on July 8 allowing Potuck to work up to 36 hours per week training his replacement. The health department has not named a new tobacco control director. The contract with Potuck will expire Sept. 1.
Potuck will submit reports required to complete a Tobacco Control and Cessation Program grant for 2011 through 2013. Potuck will also help the next director renew the grant for 2013 through 2015.