Maureen Womack has announced her intention to take a “career enhancing offer” in Virginia. Her last day is Jan. 31, 2009.
She tendered her resignation during a meeting of the DBH board of directors earlier this month. “She stated she had an opportunity outside of the state,” said County Commissioner Bret Millburn, who sits on the board representing the commission.
“We appreciate her years of service,” he said. “We’ll be starting a search committee and finding new leadership for the organization,” he said.
“I know that she has exhibited great care and compassion for those under the care of DBH,” Millburn said. Womack came to Davis County after having worked in Alabama.
DBH has operated in the county as a quasi-independent agency, previously having operated as Davis Mental Health directly as a department of Davis County.
The agency had been the subject of an audit, within the past year. However, officials indicated requested changes had been made.
DBH operates a wide range of services and has 14 locations throughout the county. It includes several clinics, among them a Women’s Recovery Center in Layton, which provides intensive treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, children and youth facility in Layton, addictions treatment, substance abuse outreach and crisis recovery unit, along with some residential housing units.
It is coordinating a program to help house the homeless, and spearheaded efforts highlighted by the Davis County Gala fund raising effort in September.
James O. Mason is the chairman of the DBH board. The Farmington resident has served on many state and national health positions.
They have included Assistant Secretary for Health from 1989 to 1993 and Acting Surgeon General of the U.S. from 1989 to 1990. He also was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He could not be reached for comment at Clipper press time.
Man allegedly threatens wife, child
FARMINGTON — A man who allegedly threatened his wife and her child is charged with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping and two counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault.
Thomas Michael Taren, 41, was scheduled to appear in 2nd District Court on Monday on the charges he threatened his wife in Clearfield on Nov. 16.
At the time, Taren was on probation for making threats against life or property in Weber County, according to court documents.
Those documents report that when police responded to a domestic situation, an officer saw the victim, with a child in her arms, run from the apartment. She told officers Taren had threatened to kill her and her child with a knife. The victim said she had tried to flee earlier, but was physically detained by Taren.
WX gives the OK for business park
WOODS CROSS — The city council has approved a development agreement with G & S Development LLC for about 45 acres, which will become a business park at about 1250 W. 2200 South.
The property, owned by former Layton City Mayor Jerry Stevenson, will be turned into a business park/light industrial area, according to Woods Cross City Planner Tim Stephens.
The city’s Planning Commission recommended approval of the agreement, after Stevenson agreed to put in a tree buffer on the north and west boundaries and a six foot vinyl fence.
A charter school is slated to occupy a large portion of the development, Stephens said. The school and the A-1 drain area will provide a buffer zone between the development and homes.
Preliminary utility work has already begun on the site. Stephens said developers would like to see work on the charter school begin immediately. “They are trying for a fall 2009 opening.”