Alabama’s State Health Officer Tom Miller to retire this fall

Dr. Tom Miller

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller announced this week he’s retiring this fall, effective Sept. 1

Miller took over as the state’s top health official following the departure of his predecessor, Dr. Don Williamson, which he had held since 1992, in Oct. 2015.

Earlier this month Miller found himself at the center of public outcry for the controversial hire of James Talton, the former director of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System who was terminated for negligence in 2014.

Despite going on record saying Talton was a “good fit” for the job, Miller ultimately walked back his decision to hire him less than a week later explaining, “It reached a point where it was interfering with us getting our work done.”