Long-time Columbus health commissioner retiring

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Dr. Teresa Long says she's ready to bring down the curtain on a nearly 30-year career with the city of Columbus.

Long has decided to retire at the end of the year after serving as the city's medical director, then assistant health commissioner, then becoming Columbus's first female health commissioner in 2002. 

Long was behind the crusade to reduce baby deaths, putting together the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force.

She also worked on slowing the spread of the AIDS virus and was instrumental in launching Columbus's' campaign aimed at reducing smoking among teenagers.

(Photo courtesy City of Columbus)