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Chief Health Officer announces retirement

October 3, 2019

LAS VEGAS – Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, announced his retirement from the Southern Nevada Health District today. Dr. Iser has served as the Chief Health Officer since September 2013.  His retirement is effective January 3, 2020.

During his tenure at the Health District, Dr. Iser oversaw the agency’s purchase of its first building and successful move into the main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., secured funds to implement a Federally Qualified Health Center, the accreditation of a preventive medicine residency program, implementation of a primary care model, a mobile rural health campaign that provided immunizations and dental health services to underserved individuals, and responses to numerous outbreaks and public health issues.

Dr. Iser cited plans to travel and spend time with his family as reasons for advancing his planned retirement date. “I have several trips planned and a list of national parks I would like to visit,” said Iser. “I’m also looking forward to spending much more time with my grandchildren and to kayaking, fly-fishing, and being active in the community.”

Dr. Fermin Leguen, current Director of the Clinical Services Division, will serve as acting Chief Health Officer while the Southern Nevada District Board of Health is conducting its search for a permanent replacement.


The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.