This fuss about the Health Officer reminded me that many municipalities belong to public health consortiums, such as the Westfield Regonal Health Department, which serves eight municipalities and the Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission, which serves five municipalities. When it comes to filling the gap that exists in Plainfield's public health coverage, quibbling over residency makes no sense. Ruby Hodge served Plainfield for many years while living elsewhere, as did more recent Health Officers. So now the out-of-towner has been hired and has a year to move to Plainfield. Deal with it, or maybe we would rather deal with an outbreak of contagious disease or further lapses in delivery of vital public health services here.