COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Pam Fair, who serves as the Public Information Officer, Risk Communicator and the Safe Kids Columbus Director, is retiring from the West Central Health District.
Fair began her service to the community in public health on Oct. 16, 1984 as a Secretary Typist in the Environmental Health Division under the guidance of many health directors.
She also served in several programmatic areas during the nearly three decades in public health.
"I remember my initial interview as a naive 18-year-old high school graduate in front of a four member interview panel in the old health department building near the front of The Medical Center, now Midtown Medical. I got the call a little later informing me I had the job and would be making an astounding salary of $895.50 per month. Yes, per month! At the time, it was a lot of money to this young lady fresh out of high school and still living at home. After all the years that has passed so quickly, my love for public health has never wavered," Fair said.
Pam Fair later enrolled in evening classes at then Columbus College and finished up her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Columbus State University in 1999. She also completed the Management Academy of Public Health program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She has served as a Child Passenger Safety Technician for more than 15 years. Her career has included work in Environmental Health, Injury Prevention, Public Information and Risk Communication.
Fair has a plethora of accomplishments within the community, and the Columbus Health Department held a reception in her honor Monday, June 29 at 3 p.m. located at the Health and Human Services Building on 2100 Comer Ave. on the first floor in Conference Room A.