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FCHD names new administrator

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A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

Andrews, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in biological science at Southern Illinois University, will undergo a six-week training period with Forbes.

Forbes, who has been with the department for about 21 years and served as the FCHD administrator for about nine years, will retire in mid-February.