Brunswick County names new director of Health Services

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Cris Harrelson

Brunswick County has selected a new director of Health Services.

Cris Harrelson was selected to replace Fred Michael, the former deputy director who retired in June after 17 years of service to Brunswick County, according to Brunswick County Spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

Harrelson will assume health director duties in Brunswick County on Oct. 12. He currently serves as the Health Services Director and full-time Health Director for Bladen County.

“I am honored to have been chosen and I am looking forward to joining he Brunswick County team,” Harrelson said.

Harrelson is originally from Bladen County and has more than 21 years of local and state public health experience. He holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University and received a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2005.

“Cris will be a tremendous addition to our team,” Brunswick County Health and Human Services Executive Director David Stanley said. “He has a strong public health background working for both local and state government and has a track record of being an innovator and collaborative decision maker. Cris has pledged to safeguard the public health through visionary leadership, risk assessment, preventive programs and effective education.”