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Shelley Carraway is the Health Director at the Jackson County Department of Public Health, where she has served since 2016. Before arriving in Jackson County, she served in various public health positions in county and state government over a span of nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as North Carolina’s Chief of Health Care Planning and Certificate of Need at the NC Division of Health Service Regulation, after serving in various public health capacities including positions as the NC State Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Planner for the office of Healthcare Planning , Program Administrator with the NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Director of Operations for Health Services for the NC Division of Prisons and Operations Manager for the Epidemiology Section of the Division of Public Health.
A Minnesota native, Shelley moved with her family to North Carolina in 1968 and considers this her home. She received her bachelor’s degree and Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University, entering the public health workforce with the Appalachian Health District in 1992 between degrees and then joining the Alexander County Health Department as its Health Director in 1997. She was recently delighted to welcome her first grandchild to Western North Carolina.