by: Scott McCaulley

The Taney County Health Department is in search of a New Director after the resignation last week of Robert Niezgoda, who had been with the department since 2001 and had been Director since 2013.

Community Health Educator Kara Miller tells Hometown Daily News that Nizegoda is leaving to pursue his Ph.D.

Niezgoda joined TCHD an epidemiologist in 2001 and took over the top spot as the Director when Jim Berry retired in 2013. Among the achievements in the Health Department over that time was Accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2015.

Assistant Director Lisa Marshall is acting as Director until a new permanent director is found according to Miller.