The state's deputy chief medical officer has been promoted to become the chief officer and the director of the Division of Public Health for the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department.
The office of Gov. Dave Heineman announced Wednesday that Dr. Joseph Acierno, of Omaha, would be succeeding Dr. Joann Schaefer. She is stepping down next month to become a vice president for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.
The 51-year-old Acierno has been deputy chief medical officer since May 2007. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha with a bachelor's and with doctorates in medicine and law.