Matt Kelley to depart county position

Gallatin City-County Health Officer becomes first chief executive officer of the Montana Public Health Institute

Being Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) Health Officer during a pandemic, particularly during one with such polarization and debate regarding masks and vaccinations is a career-defining task. Becky Franks, chair of Gallatin City-County Board of Health, said Health Officer Matt Kelley led with fortitude, a real sense of leadership and that it was an honor to work with him.

Kelley recently announced he will begin his new position as the first chief executive officer of the Montana Public Health Institute (MTPHI). He plans to assist with the transition period for the county until sometime in June.

Kelley became health officer in Gallatin County 11 years ago and has helped guide GCCHD to assemble and grow a highly qualified staff, develop financial resources and community partnerships necessary to serve a rapidly growing county, and address major public health challenges, such as COVID-19, according to a press release. “As challenging and trying as the pandemic has been, I love being health officer in Gallatin County and leaving will be very difficult,” Kelley said.

“This new role allows me to continue working throughout Montana to improve the health and quality of life for all Montanans. It’s a once-in-alifetime chance to build a new organization to serve the state that I love.”

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