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Yates County has a new public health director

Dr. Douglas Sinclair has been unanimously appointed as the new Director of Public Health for Yates County, at the Monday’s meeting of the Yates County Legislature. The appointment comes after the former Director of Public Health, Sara Christensen, requested to return to her position as Deputy Director of Public Health. Christensen has served in the Yates County Department of Public Health for 18 years, the last two as the Director.

Dr. Sinclair brings over 12 years of healthcare and public health experience and is an upstate New York native. He started his career as a public health practitioner in Atlanta, and later obtained a master’s degree in Public Health in 2002 and a Doctor of Medicine in 2008. The search for a Director of Public Health began in November 2022 and concluded in December after an interview committee made up of representatives from both the legislature and management team of Yates County made the recommendation to the Legislature to authorize the appointment of Dr. Sinclair to the position.


“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Sinclair’s qualifications willing to take on the position and are sure that we have made an excellent selection,” said County Administrator Winona Flynn. Legislature Chairwoman Leslie Church also stated that Yates County is fortunate to have Dr. Sinclair accept the position of Director of Public Health.

The Director of Public Health position in accordance with Public Health Law carries a 6-year term. Dr. Sinclair’s appointment was successfully approved, and he began working on February 6th. “I am honored by the opportunity to serve with the Yates County Public Health team and look forward to strengthening our programs and partnerships over time,” said Sinclair.