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Assistant promoted to head department

The Pierce County Board voted last week to confirm the hiring of Assistant Director Sue Galoff as director of the public health department.

Galoff, who has worked for the department since 1991, succeeds Caralynn Hodgson, who resigned to take a job as home care supervisor in Polk County.

Galoff is now completing requirements for her master's degree in health care administration at the University of Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from UW-Eau Claire in 1987.

According to her resume, Galoff has also taken courses in emergency preparedness, public health ethics, and epidemiology, biostatistics and community change.

She was a nurse in the county's public health department from 1991 to April 2005, when she was named assistant director/Health Officer II.

Before coming to work for the county, Galoff was nursing assistant instructor and staff nurse at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home. Before that, she worked as a staff nurse in the surgical and obstetric units at Myrtle Werth Medical Center.

In May, the county board voted to forgo advertising for a new director for the public health department and to instead consider internal promotion.

Galoff's annual salary will be $80,100.

In conjunction with being hired as department director, she was also named the county's health officer.

Farmland preservation

In other business Tuesday, the county board approved preservation agreements for four farms. The agreements are all renewals and make the farmers eligible for state tax credits.

These are the applications approved:

--Lawrence and Sharon McCormack, Town of Trenton, 10-year agreement for 192 acres.

--Richard and Darlene Traynor, Town of El Paso, 10-year agreement for 120 acres.

--Donald L. Rohl, Towns of Ellsworth and Hartland, 15-year agreement for 388 acres.

--Raymond and Luella Dettling Trust, Town of Maiden Rock, 10-year agreement for 290 acres.