Sad news from the OK Department of Health. Dr. Crutcher has been a wonderful champion of health and a good friend to the American Heart Association. We certainly wish him well.
State health commissioner to retire
From Staff Reports
Dr. Michael Crutcher will retire as the head of the state Department of Health early next year, his office announced today.
Crutcher has served the post since being appointed by the state Board of Health in November 2003, replacing Dr. Leslie Beitsch. He first joined the agency in 1995, serving as the state's epidemiologist for six years and then as a deputy commissioner of disease and prevention services before assuming the role of health commissioner.
State Board of Health President Barry L. Smith said the board will begin a nationwide search for Crutcher's replacement, according to a news release issued by the department.