Christena Beer has been named the new Miami County Health Director. She is pictured at the Dec. 29 Miami County Commission meeting, along with commissioners (from left) Tyler Vaughan, Danny Gallagher, Rob Roberts and George Pretz.

A familiar face has taken the helm of the Miami County Health Department.

Christena Beer has been named the new Miami County Health Director. She previously served the health department as assistant health director and nurse epidemiologist.

Beer is replacing longtime Miami County Health Director Rita McKoon. McKoon and fellow health department employee Ann Yackle retired in December after a combined 78 years of service to the county.

Beer was announced as the new health director at the Dec. 29 Miami County Commission meeting.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Miami County in this capacity,” Beer said.

Beer was named the 2020 Miami County Employee of the Year for her exceptional and tireless work in dealing with the pandemic.

She was presented with a plaque during a commission meeting in spring 2021 and received a standing ovation from commissioners, staff members and the public.

At the Dec. 29 meeting, Commission Chairman Rob Roberts expressed his support of Beer and asked her to keep them up to date on the needs of the health department via a monthly meeting.

“It’s important for you and your staff to know we have your back,” Roberts said.

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