Nebraska state chief medical officer retiring

July 6, 2018 GMT

Nebraska’s chief medical officer and director of the division of public health, Dr. Tom Williams, will retire on Aug. 3.

Williams said in a press release he wished to serve longer, but he was recently diagnosed with macular degeneration, the nation’s leading cause of vision loss.

Williams, an Omaha pathologist, was hired two years ago. His appointment came more than a year after Dr. Joseph Acierno resigned.

He said he has been honored to serve the people of Nebraska in Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration. The governor praised his leadership, citing important occupational licensing reforms, improved speed in delivering professional licenses, new EMS guidelines and work to educate parents on how to help their children sleep safely.