File Photo: Dr. Laurence Polsky

UPDATE – The Board of County Commissioners has issued the following statement regarding the Calvert County Health Officer:

“The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners appreciates the community’s show of support for the Calvert County Health Officer. We would like to reiterate that during private discussions, no official decision was made, nor any official action taken. Dr. Laurence Polsky shall continue to serve as health officer.

“We are grateful for the efforts of the entire health department staff during what has been a deeply challenging time. The BOCC shares a firm commitment to the health and wellbeing of every member of the Calvert County community and will continue to use every avenue available to protect the best interest of the community as a whole.”

UPDATE – 11/19/21 – Following the news that the Calvert County Commissioners have privately discussed performance-related concerns with Dr. Laurence Polsky, some residents have signed their support to the county’s Health Officer.

A petition started making its rounds on social media soon after confirmed that the Board of County Commissioners may be considering a change in the position.

The statement provided by a county spokesperson said in part, “the board believes that the performance issues are such that they must be addressed immediately for the best interests of our community as a whole.”(See full statement below)

The people who started the petition, some of whom have said they work in the local healthcare field, say it would be a “grave mistake” to let Polsky leave. The full description on the petition reads:

“As a healthcare provider and a resident of Calvert County for many years. I was moved to start this campaign to support Dr. Polsky of Calvert Health Department, who was asked to resign by the County Commissioners.

Even before the current pandemic, I knew him as an extremely competent leader at the Health Department. There are many health department programs which benefit all of us in Calvert, from maternal/baby health and resident wellness to environmental health, mental health, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

While I certainly hope and believe that these programs will continue, even under a different director, we all know the role the right leadership plays in any organization.

Dr. Polsky is rightly beloved by his staff of hard working professionals and the Calvert healthcare community at large.

The past two years have been difficult for all of us, and I believe wholeheartedly that without Dr. Polsky’s brave leadership there would have been more tragedies of COVID deaths in the County. He displayed nothing but integrity, honesty, and professionalism through it all. He made difficult decisions based on science, not political expediency.

It would be a grave mistake to let go of Dr. Polsky. We are still in the middle of a pandemic. We need him to help steer us out of it and for who knows what’s lurking in the future.”

At this time, the Board of County Commissioners have not directly commented on the potential removal of Polsky due to the sensitive nature of the personnel issue.

They have said that they are in the process of addressing “performance concerns” that need immediate attention.

We will continue to provide additional details on this story as they become available.

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. — Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Laurence Polsky is reportedly facing backlash over performance-related concerns in his position.

After working through recent health-related problems in the county, rumors started to circulate that Polsky may potentially depart from the role he has served in since 2012. This was believed to stem from a conversation that the board of commissioners recently had with Polsky.

Although minimal information is available due to the nature of the issue, a spokesperson for the Calvert County Commissioners sent the following statement to when asked about the situation:

“The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners confirms that a private discussion was held regarding performance concerns of the Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Laurence Polsky.

Although we cannot comment on specifics of personnel issues, we can confirm that no official decision has been made at this time. However, the board believes that the performance issues are such that they must be addressed immediately for the best interests of our community as a whole.

There is no denying Dr. Polsky’s commitment to the well-being and health of every member of our community. We acknowledge that this is a challenging time to consider a leadership transition in public health.

The board would not seek the separation of the health officer if other viable options were available.”

This potential change comes after broke the news last week of a 6-year-old child being wrongly vaccinated at Dowell Elementary School in Calvert County.

Polsky could not be reached for comment on this subject at the time of publication. We will continue to provide additional details as they become available.

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