Riley County commissioners voted Thursday to designate Susanne Kufahl, incoming director of the Riley County Health Department, as the local health officer.
The step was taken in conjunction with Kufahl’s appointment at the start of the year to succeed Charles Murphy, who is retiring, and also in conjunction with the department’s transition to a county agency.
It will be Kufahl’s duty to help prevent and control the spread of contagions throughout the county, allowing her to step in during emergencies and make the necessary closures or quarantines. Commissioners approved designation of Dr. Cary Herl as medical consultant to Kufahl, and approved the establishment of an interim public health advisory board, made up of current health board members and a few new public health officials, which will become effective at the first of the new year.
The current health board, which oversaw operations of the department when it was jointly funded by the city and county, will dissolve when Kufahl takes over and the board of Riley County Commissioners will automatically become the new health board.
At Thursday’s meeting, Rod Meredith, parks director, also discussed progress on the CiCo Park playground design. He said Indigo Design will discuss design ideas at the Park Board meeting on Jan. 9.
Meredith said the meeting will give members of the Park Board the opportunity to make modifications to the park’s design. Once they have made their modifications, the plan will come back to commissioners for approval. He also said that the city has offered to help work on the park, particularly with respect to playground surfacing.
Meredith indicated that more detailed information about the CiCo Park redesign will be available following the Park Board’s Jan. 9 meeting.