Dr. Amaal Tokars

Dr. Amaal Tokars is leaving her job as Kendall County Health Dept. Executive Director to take a job as Assistant Director of the Illinois Dept. of Public Health. (WSPYNews.com photo by James Wyman)

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Monday that Kendall County Health Dept. Executive Director Dr. Amaal Tokars will start work on June 8 as Assistant Director.

Dr. Tokars resigned her position in Kendall County in early May.  Her last day here will be June 5.

A Monday press release stated that Dr. Tokars will represent the IDPH with "external partners and serve as the primary liaison with its 97 certified local health departments."

Dr. Tokars replaces Evonda Thomas-Smith, who is retiring from the IDPH.  

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike praised Dr. Tokars:  "She brings a wealth of public health experience with her, including working closely with IDPH for more than a dozen years.  Her extensive work in all hazards planning will be extremely valuable as we continue to work through one of the biggest health challenges of our time."

Dr. Tokars has been with the Kendall County Health Dept. since 2005.  She is expected to be replaced by current Operations Director RaeAnn VanGundy.

Dr. Tokars will be honored by the Kendall County Board at Tuesday night's meeting.