MANCHESTER, NH — Deputy Public Health Director Anna Thomas has been nominated to serve as the city’s new Director of Public Health, replacing longtime Director Tim Soucy, who announced his retirement last month.
Thomas has served in various capacities within the city health department for 24 years.
In an Aug. 14 letter of recommendation for the post, Mayor Joyce Craig described Thomas as someone with “unmatched drive” when it comes to improving the health of city residents.
“Ms. Thomas has demonstrated an ability to adapt, address complex problems and get results at each stage of her career. While effectively responding to the priority needs of our community, she also has a record of being a strategic thinker, focused on the long-term success of our Health Department and our city,” wrote Craig.
Soucy will officially retire Sept. 1., and Craig has appointed Thomas to serve as acting director as of Sept. 2 until a new Public Health Director is confirmed by a vote of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Her nomination will be made official at the next scheduled BMA meeting.
While serving as acting director, Thomas’ salary will move to a grade 29/Step 10, which is $126,737.48 annually.
Thomas’ resume is posted below: