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Public Health Director Clifford Brown placed on administrative leave and under investigation by county

During the Custer County Board of County Commissioners Meeting (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 the BOCC voted unanimously to place Public Health Director Clifford Brown on paid administrative leave effective immediately. 

An investigation into the Public Health Director will continue, but it was made clear by the BOCC that Brown must give up his keys to the public health building, must not contact any staff, and remain available for any communication from the BOCC. 

Nearly four years ago, the Wet Mountain Tribune reported in a series of stories that Clifford Brown had presented a fraudulent Master of Public Health degree to help him obtain employment in Custer Counter. To date, the Tribune has never been able to verify most of Clifford Brown’s prior work experience. The only part of his resume the Tribune was able to verify is that Brown received a degree in optometry in the early 1970’s. 

It is not clear why Brown was placed on leave, but the Tribune will present details as they become available over the coming months. 

– Jordan Hedberg 

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