Louisiana Department of Health Regional Administrator and Medical Director for the Alexandria area, Dr. David Holcombe, was celebrated for his years of service to the state at a retirement ceremony on July 14.
As Medical Director, Dr. Holcombe was the top public health official in LDH Region VI, which encompasses Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn Parishes. He oversaw all community health and preparedness programs, as well as environmental and preventative health programs in the region.
More importantly, Dr. Holcomb and his staff answered the call and worked tirelessly through a worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19.
Dr. Holcomb was the steady voice of reason, expert authority, and leader in Central Louisiana when it came to the pandemic.
“We want to thank Dr. Holcombe for his leadership and compassion he has always shown our community”, said Rapides Parish Sheriff Wood, who attended the event. “We’re both battle tested and fire baptized in those early days of the pandemic and he was always there to give us guidance and assistance and we will be forever grateful to him for his expertise and his friendship. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and know our door is always open.”