— by Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro
Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh of Springfield Township was sworn in as Montgomery County’s newest commissioner, after the county’s board of judges voted to appoint her.
Arkoosh will fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Leslie Richards, who was recently named Pennsylvania’s secretary of transportation.
Arkoosh is a longtime resident of Montgomery County with an educational background in medicine, public health, and economics.
She is a nationally-recognized public health expert who has been engaged in policy development across all levels of government during her career. She has served as chair of anesthesiology and interim chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Drexel University College of Medicine, and is currently adjunct professor of anesthesiology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
Arkoosh is no stranger to Montgomery County government: After the 2011 election, she was the co-chair of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee. After that, she was unanimously selected by the commissioners to chair the county’s Board of Health.