Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan announced her retirement tonight during a quarterly Board of Health meeting. She will leave the department in June after helping her replacement get settled in the job.
McMahan has lead local efforts to combat obesity, opioid addiction, infant mortality, smoking, vaping, suicide and sexually transmitted diseases for almost 20 years.
She accepted a four-year appointment to the position in March 2000, replacing Dr. Ronald J. Everson, who vacated the post. McMahan was a 44-year-old local internist at the time.
The health commissioner is the executive officer for the department of health and serves as secretary of the board as well as official spokesman.
McMahan is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
At the time her selection was announced, McMahan was enthusiastic about her new post.
"I've always had an interest in public service," she said then. "I just thought it'd be an opportunity to get more involved in community health."