The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and others praised and honored Public Health Director Corwin Porter Tuesday, March 23, for his 33 years of public service, 32 of them with San Bernardino County, as he approaches his long-planned retirement on March 27.

“Corwin has worked tirelessly to protect the health of our county community for more than three decades, and for the past year he has been the calm and steady voice of the county’s effort to overcome COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “It’s hard to think of anyone who deserves to finally hang up his coat and tie more than he does. We wish Corwin and his family all of the best.”

The Board of Supervisors appointed Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Andrew Goldfrach to serve as interim public health director upon Porter’s retirement while recruitment is undertaken to find a permanent replacement. Goldfrach has been a key coordinator of the county’s successful COVID-19 vaccination program.

Porter has served as the director of the county Department of Public Health since May. He previously served as assistant public health director and as chief of the department’s Environmental Health Services Division. He began working for the county part-time in 1987 while going to college. He worked for Riverside County for one year in 1990 and then returned to San Bernardino County in 1991.

“I feel a great deal of appreciation for the opportunities I have had to make a difference and leave a positive impact. I have gained so much from my years of service, perhaps much more than I gave,” Porter said. “Retiring now has been planned for quite some time. I have a long list of home projects, travel plans, family to visit and most of all I am excited to be able to spend quality time with my eight grandchildren.”

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