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William Christoffel's statement

June 25, 2006

The following statement was issued Friday and signed by Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel and his lawyer, Arthur Schneider of Hagerstown.

"Mr. Christoffel is a dedicated Public Health Officer with a distinguished career in Public Health Service. He has aggressively promoted Public Health and Education throughout the County. He has established and actively promoted programs to educate our Community about significant problems with teen pregnancies and use of contraceptives as well as numerous other serious issues that confront our community. He has never purposely nor knowingly discriminated against anyone at the Washington County Health Department nor in the Public in general. He has dedicated himself to educating the public by using techniques which include humor and banter. He has never nor would he consider making any derogatory or offensive comments to any of his staff or the public at large. He regrets that pending investigative matters by a State Agency have been made public prior to his right to defend himself against allegations that are not warranted. He intends to vigorously contest any proposed action brought against him by the Department of Mental Hygiene."

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