Reporter's note: This article was updated at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, with additional information. 

MOREHEAD CITY — Carteret County officials announced Tuesday that County Health Director Stephanie Cannon has resigned her post to accept “a position outside of the County that will further her career goals.”

According to the press release, Ms. Cannon gave her resignation Jan. 11, and her last day will be Thursday, Feb. 11.

“Over the past 10 years, it has been my privilege to work alongside many dedicated professionals at the Health Department and Carteret County Government,” she said in a Tuesday email to the News-Times. “My time spent as Health Director has been busy, to say the least, but experience is the best teacher. Along the way, I made life-long friendships and will fondly remember my time here as I transition into another opportunity.

“We have a well-prepared leadership team within the Health Department and County Government, and I have no doubts in staff’s ability to maintain operations and manage the COVID response until a new Health Director is selected,” she continued.

Ms. Cannon has served as the health director since July 2018 and has overseen the county’s effort to control the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic since February 2020.

According to the press release, the county has started the hiring process for a new director. Those interested in the role have until Sunday, Feb. 7 to apply, according to the release.

Consolidated Health and Human Services Director Cindy Holman is working with the state to review options of an interim director as the county goes through the process of gathering and vetting applications, interviewing and hiring.

In the meantime, County Emergency Management Director Stephen Rea will provide the emergency coordination and response to the pandemic.

Regarding Ms. Cannon, Ms. Holman said, “I would like to commend the effort and the hard work Ms. Cannon has provided to the County. She is a great pleasure to work with and I wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Prior to being named health director, Ms. Cannon, a county native, served as interim health director since April 2018. She has worked with the health department since April 2010. She served as public health preparedness coordinator and later human services planner.

Ms. Cannon started her career in public health in November 2008, serving as the public health preparedness coordinator for Onslow County. She then took the same position for Carteret County in April 2010.

During her career, she has taken on a variety of job responsibilities, such as planning for and responding to disasters and emergencies affecting the public’s health, including flu, Ebola and the Zika virus. She has applied for grants, managed health education programs, served as the health department’s public information officer and led the organization through two successful re-accreditation processes, according to the release.


Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(9) comments

David Collins

Seems like when the going gets tough and the ship starts leaking the rats start looking for an exit .


That's a bold statement to call someone a rat. She frankly has done a great job of balancing the safety, privacy of Covid patients while remaining as transparent as possible.

The going got tough 2 years ago during Florence and she managed that with poise and grace.

Whatever conspiracy theory you have dancing around in your head should probably be put to rest. You do realize that there are way more job opportunities beyond CC right?

Be well, take care of yourself...

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morehood city res

yeh you should see the ones leaving the white house. the only four left that will have to be extracted Jan 20 will be DT, Rooti Googliani, roger stone and alex jones


How did Alex Jones get tossed into this lol


Let's not forget secretaries of state Bannon and pompous pompeo.

David Collins

Rats is a figure of speech . Would you prefer roaches ?


The moderator here allows you to call people names while they censor honest questions.....

morehood city res

in his desire to garnish more votes, mr trump espoused theories, put forth by mr jones, to his base, knowing that many of jones's misguided followers would be quick to support him. i am sure alex holds a special place in donald's hall of besties.


Listen to a Joe Rogan Experience podcast with Alex Jones on YouTube (they're some of JRE's most popular podcasts btw) and I think you might change your mind. I'm not defending Alex Jones in any way but you're wrong on his love for any particular politician.

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