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Leader of Fargo Cass Public Health Announces Her Planned Retirement

FCPH Director Desi Fleming to depart in July 2024 after 32 years with the public health agency


Desi Fleming, Director of Fargo Cass Public Health, is announcing her intention to retire this summer after serving the agency for 32 years.

Fleming, a member of The City of Fargo Mayor’s Cabinet, is providing advance notice of her retirement to ensure Fargo Cass Public Health (FCPH) is well-positioned for continued success with fresh leadership after her departure. Her final day in office will be July 5, 2024.

Fleming began her career at FCPH as a Public Health Nurse in March of 1992. She became the Public Health Nursing Manager in 2000 and was promoted to Director of Nursing in 2008. She has served as Director of Fargo Cass Public Health since 2018.

In 2000, Fleming orchestrated the implementation of the Nurse Family Partnership program at FCPH, a national evidence-based model, which is still benefiting young families in our community today.

While reflecting upon her tenure at FCPH, Fleming is most proud of her team’s many initiatives to advance the health of residents across Fargo and Cass County, all while increasing awareness of public health issues.

“Regardless of the role, I’ve always taken pride in the work that I do, the people that I have served and the many connections I’ve made along the way. I have felt so very fortunate to be a part of this community and -- within my role as a nurse and a leader -- to be able to make an impact on the health of many lives. When I took on the role of Director, I never imagined that we would experience a pandemic but I am grateful for the way in which my team responded with credibility and resiliency. I can say FCPH became a leader in very uncertain times -- partnering with local health systems to meet critical needs throughout the pandemic -- all the while standing firm in the face of adversity. Looking back, although physically and emotionally draining, I was grateful to be a part of that community effort.”

Fleming’s decision to retire comes after months of reflection, choosing this specific year because it is the best timing for both FCPH and for her personally.

“I will forever be grateful for my time here and the relationships I have made. This has been my home away from home for so many years. This has been a special place for me,” Fleming stated.