Sutter to step down from Allen Co. health post this summer

Dr. Matthew Sutter
Dr. Matthew Sutter(WPTA)
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 7:19 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter intends to leave his position this July, a little more than two years after he assumed the role of top health official in the region’s most populous county.

At a Monday night meeting, Sutter suggested that the Executive Board of Health immediately begin a search for his successor.

Sutter took over the role of top medical official shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020. He inherited the post from Dr. Deborah McMahan, who retired after 20 years in the position.

Sutter disclosed his decision as part of the “new business” of the Board, explaining that it is his “intention to retire from public service.... effective this summer -- likely in July.”

Sutter said he accepted the position with the intention of holding it “through the emergency phase of COVID,” noting that his responsibilities in the private sector have increased even as he has helped steer the County through the pandemic. In late 2020, Sutter was named Chief Medical Officer at IU Health Fort Wayne, which is in the midst of an aggressive expansion.

Members of the Board thanked Sutter for his work and joked about ways they might be able to keep him around. There was no immediate indication of a timeline to identify and hire a new commissioner.

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