DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The man who oversaw Dallas County’s response to both the Ebola and West Nile Virus outbreaks was terminated on Wednesday, January 3.
A source within Dallas County Health and Human Services tells CBS11, two women made complaints of sexual harassment against Zachary Thompson.
The Dallas County Health and Human Services Director had planned on retiring at the end of the month, but he was let go before that could happen.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released the following statement Thursday evening.
Zachary Thompson gave notice in 2017 of his retirement to be effective on January 31 of this year. Yesterday, January 3, 2018, Zachary Thompson was terminated from Dallas County. Ganesh Shivaramaiyer is the Interim Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.
In a statement, an attorney representing Thompson, Anthony D. Lyons, said, “He was not escorted from his office. He retires January 31 and has been off since last year burning comp. time hours. He was not expected back with the county before his retirement. In effect, he was already retired although not formally.
The attorney said Thompson has not received an official termination letter.
DCHHS tweeted about Thompson’s departure, providing no details as to why he was let go.
In 2012, Thompson launched a public awareness effort to combat the West Nile Virus which killed 13 people that year.
In 2014, he calmed public fears over an Ebola outbreak after a man from Liberia died of the disease while visiting relatives in Dallas and infected to nurses.
Thompson became director in 2003.
Efforts to reach him by phone and at his home Thursday night were unsuccessful.