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Tom Foslund

Wyoming Health Department Director Tom Forslund stands outside the House chambers in February. He plans to leave his post after the current legislative session ends.

Tom Forslund, the longtime director of the Wyoming Department of Health, will step down after the legislative session ends.

Forslund, who was Casper’s city manager before becoming health director in 2011, told department staff in an email Monday that he would be stepping down. He said in the message that newly inaugurated Gov. Mark Gordon had asked him to stay on until the end of the session and that he had expected to leave office after Gov. Matt Mead — who appointed Forslund to his current post — concluded his term in office.

Forslund also helms and will step down from the state Department of Family Services.

“ ... I did not want to let this opportunity pass without telling you how deeply honored I have been to be the director of the Wyoming Department of Health for the last eight years and also for my time with the Department of Family Services,” he wrote to staff. “The work you each do is often difficult, but I have always appreciated your service to the great State of Wyoming. I’ve met so many impressive, dedicated people over the years.”

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A spokeswoman for Gordon said he had not yet made an appointment to replace Forslund.

Forslund led the Health Department through the transition into the Affordable Care Act and has in recent years been pressing state officials to better prepare for the number of Wyomingites who are aging and are likely to need long-term care.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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