County’s health director fired

By Amanda Dodson -

Stokes County commissioners called a special meeting on August 21 to terminate the county’s health department director, Emily Naylor.

Commissioner James Booth moved to terminate Naylor for “unacceptable personal conduct while occupying the position of health director,” effective August 21. Commissioner Ernest Lankford seconded the motion.

Chairman Ronnie Mendenhall opened the floor for comments, but with no further discussion the motion carried.

County manager Jake Oakley recommended Tammy Martin for the interim position and said she is employed with the county’s health department as a health educator, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion/Sociology, Masters of Science in Health Education and is currently pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Public Health.

“I have spoken with Ms. Martin and she is happy to serve in this capacity until the board fills this position permanently,” Oakley said.

The board voted unanimously in favor of Martin filling the interim position, effective August 21.

Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.

By Amanda Dodson