Board and HD staff say she’ll be difficult to replace –
By Patricia Beech –
Carol Motza, a longtime Adams County Health Department board member, is retiring after 25 years of service to the community.
A former teacher and committed civic activist, Motza says serving on the board has allowed her to “know what’s going on” in local communities – a necessary precursor for anyone hoping to improve the quality-of-life for others.
“If you want to do something to make a difference, then you have to know what’s going on,” she says. “You can’t just sit back and wait, you have to know, or you can’t make a change.”
Health Department director, Dr. William Hablitzel, praised both Motza’s work ethic and her efforts to bring about positive changes in Adams County communities.
Calling her a “presence” in the department, he said, “Carol embodies the spirit of volunteerism, taking a stand and helping others, that’s what she’s been all about in her work here.”
The department’s newest Board member, Dr. Justin Greenlee, echoed Hablitzel’s assessment of Motza contributions.
“She knows all the ins and out, and she’s definitely been helpful guiding us in the direction we need to go,” said Greenlee. “She’ll be a tough one to replace.”
Fellow Board member Joe Himes called Motza “a joy to work with”.
“I’ve worked with Carol for 20 years, and I can tell you she knows more than most about what’s going on in our county,” he said. “She will be missed by everyone.”
Board President Fred Roessler, who also worked six years with Motza on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said Motza will be difficult to replace.
“She’s always been a great asset,” he said. “We certainly will miss her.”
For her part, Motza says her proudest achievement while serving on the board was helping to build a strong, compassionate staff at the Health Department.
“Right now, we have people in our Health Department and on the board that really care,” she said. “It’s taken a long time to build it up, and now we’re moving ahead.”
The imminent closing of the county’s two coal-fired power plants is a major concern for Motza.
“The county stands to lose millions of dollars, and that isn’t easy to replace. Money doesn’t grow on trees. I just hope the closing of the plants doesn’t mean a step backward for the Health Department.”