Monday, April 15, 2019


“Voice” of Putnam Health Department retires

Ilardi: "nice quiet job"

CARMEL – Barbara Ilardi will walk out of her office at the Putnam Health Department next Friday for the final time.

The 20-year county employee who is concluding 35 years in public health was lauded Friday evening at a farewell gathering attended by some 100 family, friends and colleagues held at the Centennial Golf Club in Carmel.

Ilardi arrived in Putnam in September 1999 following a 15-year stint in Westchester. During her tenure, she worked tirelessly in educating the public regarding public health while serving as the department’s public information officer.

Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Nesheiwat described Ilardi as a “bubbly woman who was always full of energy. It’s been an honor to have worked with you and while I hate to see you go, I have your cell phone number,” he said with a grin.

Long-time friend and former Putnam Health Director Loretta Molinari recalled the first day Ilardi arrived on the job. “She took over and has been aiding the residents of Putnam County 200 percent every day since. Barbara is loyal as she always has your back. She is smart, passionate and full of energy. Barbara Ilardi has made a difference in the lives of those she touched.”

Putnam County’s long-time Personnel Director Paul Eldridge told the audience that “Barbara has a unique ability to adapt to any situation. She built programs through her sincerity. She is meticulous, talented and enthusiastic while always inspiring others.”

Ilardi recalled coming to Putnam. “All I wanted was a nice quiet job. The rest is history. Those I have worked with over the years are all true professionals who have the interest of Putnam County at heart.”

Attendees rose to congratulate Ilardi for her professionalism and friendship during the past two decades and sang an old Carol Burnett verse: “We’re so glad we had this time together: Just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just got started and before you know it comes the time we have to say ‘so long!’”


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