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Ex-CDC official named Dallas County medical director

The Dallas Morning News, September 10, 2010

A former top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who worked in AIDS prevention in Haiti was named Dallas County's new medical director and health authority Thursday.

Dr. Steve Harris , a 58-year-old Dallas native, will replace Dr. John Carlo, who left in July to work for the University of Minnesota.

Harris, who will make a salary of $158,865, starts Monday.

"Today's announcement is made with great pleasure," Zachary Thompson, executive director of the county's Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday.

Thompson lauded Harris for his broad range of medical experience in Texas and beyond. He was a physician with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department in 1997 and served as the county's health authority and chief medical officer from 1999 to 2002.