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Dr. Peter Norton, M.D., OBGYN, Health Authority & Medical Director


Dr. Norton, a well respected, board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, practiced obstetrics in Abilene from 1976-2002, and gynecology from 1976-2015.  After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 1970, Dr. Norton completed a rotating internship at the City of Memphis Hospitals; a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine; and served as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  Dr. Norton serves as the Health Authority and Medical Director for the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District (ATCPHD), and provides medical oversight for all clinical programs within the health division, including the COACH Clinic.


Annette Lerma, Health Services Director


Ms. Lerma began her tenure with the City in 2001 as a nutritionist for the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program and was promoted to WIC Director in 2008.  She was again promoted to Assistant Health Services Director in 2016 and took over the role of Health Services Director in 2018.  As Director, she oversees a staff of 60 employees along with the responsibility of programming and financial management of eighteen programs offering various medical and nutrition services, environmental health, vital statistics, public health emergency preparedness, and the MERCY Health Care Center.  Lerma is a native of Abilene.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University, and a Certificate of Public Health from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  She is currently completing her Masters of Public Health at the TTUHSC Abilene Campus.


Christine Lucio

Christine Lucio, Assistant Health Services Director


Ms. Lucio obtained her BA from the University of Oklahoma and her MSW from Youngstown State University. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has experience in a variety of settings including long-term care, VA, hospitals and clinics. She also had the unique opportunity to live in rural Alaska where she worked in administration, medical social work and behavioral health. Once in Texas, she provided education and counseling services on military installations throughout the state. As Ms. Lucio and her family settled down in Abilene, she returned to school, completing her MPH from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Ms. Lucio is excited to work in public health and hopes she can partner with members of the community to build relationships and programs that can improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Taylor County residents.

Terri Auger, REHS/RS Environmental Health Manager


Ms. Auger received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Florida Atlantic University. She started her career as a volatile organic chemist in Boca Raton, Florida testing soil, air, and water on the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry system. Ms. Auger began working for the City of Abilene in 2014 as a health inspector and received licensing as an Registered Environmental Health Specialist from the State of Texas and from the National Environmental Health Association. Her duties include inspection of various environmental health issues from food establishments, pools, daycares, vector control,to on-site sewage systems. She was promoted to Environmental Health manager in May 2017 and works closely with all divisions of the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District and the community to prevent disease, injury, and disability related to people and their environment.