State names acting mental health director after last week's tragedy

From staff reportsJuly 13, 2012 

Jim Jarrard, deputy director of the state Division of Mental Health, has been named acting director, replacing Steve Jordan, who died last week when his bicycle collided with a truck in North Raleigh. Jarrard has been in the deputy position since October 2010, and has worked in the division since 1994.

“The Department suffered a devastating loss with Steve’s death and we will miss his energy and passion for mental health services and the people we serve,” state Health and Human Services Secretary Al Delia said in a statement released Friday morning. “Jim Jarrard is a knowledgeable and respected leader who I am confident will continue to lead the Division in a positive direction.”

The division comprises services for mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.

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