Charlotte, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Manager Dena R. Diorio announced Tuesday that the Public Health Director for the county, Dr. Marcus Plescia, resigned his position effective August 4th.

The resignation comes amid multiple issues surrounding the county health department, including improper handling of hundreds of cancer screening results and patient information back in February.

Most recently, questions have been raised around the opening of hundreds of pools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area without proper inspections first, even though no laws were broken.

Plescia joined Mecklenburg County as Health Director on February 1st, 2014, following the retirement of former Health Director Dr. Earl Mabry.

Prior to becoming Health Director, Plescia was the Chronic Disease and Injury Chief for the North Carolina Department of Public Health and Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“I want to thank Dr. Plescia for his leadership and for championing Public Health's community wellness initiatives,” said Diorio. “However, Dr. Plescia realizes that new leadership is needed to improve our processes and produce better outcomes for the residents who depend on Public Health every day.”