March 26, 2020: Cortland County Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm has rescinded her planned retirement effective March 15th, 2020 in order to continue coordinating the Cortland County Health Department’s on-going response to the COVID-19 crisis. Feuerherm has over thirty years of service with County serving in several positions before becoming the Public Health Director. Feuerherm announced her retirement last month and was set to complete her tenure with the County on March 16th.
Feuerherm went to Tompkins Cortland Community College, where she got an associate’s degree in nursing. Then she went on to get her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Syracuse University. Finally, she attended SUNY Albany where she received her post-graduate certification in public health. She worked in pediatrics at then-Cortland Memorial Hospital. By 1989, she was hired as evening nurse for the county health department. She worked her way through almost every department — early intervention, eventually becoming its director; director of patient services and certified agency. She ran the hospice unit; she ran environmental health. She was a deputy public health director, too, before becoming Public Health Director for Cortland County.