Adrienne Sturrup named Austin Public Health director

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Sturrup begins her new role as Austin Public Health director on Jan. 18. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Sturrup begins her new role as Austin Public Health director on Jan. 18. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Adrienne Sturup, the interim director of Austin Public Health, has been selected as the city’s next director of the public health agency, according to a Jan. 14 city of Austin news release.

She has served as APH interim director since May and will assume her new position Jan. 18.


“Adrienne and I worked together while I was the director, and I have the utmost confidence she will continue to lead the department through the multitude of public health challenges we face as we continue through this pandemic,” said Stephanie Hayden-Howard, assistant city manager for health and environment and culture and lifelong learning, in the news release.

According to the news release, Sturrup has worked to promote health and wellness in community settings for the last 27 years. She began working for the city of Austin as an APH program manager in 2014.

“I am humbled and honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve this community in the role of director of public health,” Sturrup said. “APH is a dedicated, mission-driven team that continues to go over and above to protect the health and safety of our residents.”
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.