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St. Joe County council to vote on Migliore as next health officer

Dr. Michelle Migliore
Dr. Michelle Migliore

St. Joseph County leaders Wednesday announced they’ll hold a special meeting in a couple weeks to consider hiring the county’s next health officer.

The finalist is a familiar face.

The St. Joseph County Council has scheduled a May 28 meeting to vote on whether Dr. Michelle Migliore should serve as the county’s next health officer. Migliore is now the county Board of Health’s vice president.

Dr. Diana Purushotham announced two months ago that she's resigning to follow her husband’s new job out of the area. Purushotham announced her departure six months after replacing Dr. Robert Einterz, who clashed with the Republican-controlled county council and commissioners.

Dr. Mark Fox, who led the health department through the pandemic, said he’s thrilled that Migliore is being considered for the position, which pays the county’s largest salary of $250,000. Migliore, a Democrat, was appointed to the board by Republican Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood.

Fox said Migliore's apparent lack of interest in partisan politics, along with her many years of board experience and her clinical experience as a family doctor, make her a solid choice to lead the department.

"I have experienced her to be thoughtful and a very good listener, and takes in a lot of information, and then speaks when she has something to say," Fox said. "I just think her temperament is an important skill for a health officer in stepping into this role."

Parrott, a longtime public radio fan, comes to WVPE with about 25 years of journalism experience at newspapers in Indiana and Michigan, including 13 years at The South Bend Tribune. He and Kristi live in Granger and have two children currently attending Indiana University in Bloomington. In his free time he enjoys fixing up their home, following his favorite college and professional sports teams, and watching TV (yes that's an acceptable hobby).