Cotledge stepping down as health unit administrator

Quranner “Q” Cotledge is stepping down as the administrator of the Jefferson County Health Unit effective Friday, Dec. 20.

Cotledge, 65, has been in the Arkansas Department of Health post for just over two years, but has worked for the agency the past seven years. He was previously with the Arkansas Department of Human Services for nearly 34 years, retiring as assistant director of its division of children and family services.

“I’m moving forward to something else,” Cotledge said Thursday. “What that will be is undetermined.”

The Arkadelphia native earned a bachelors degree at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). He continued his course studies with Oklahoma and Tulane universities and through DHS.

A Pine Bluff resident the past 31 years, Cotledge’s work has taken him across the state. He rates his current job as “one of my favorite positions.”

He ranked technological advances as the primary development during his professional life. He thinks people have remained the same, however.

A deacon at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church here, Cotledge said he has based his career and private life on the Biblical premise of to whom much is given, much is required. “It’s now that you’ve been blessed, how can you bless others?” he explained.

Although he’s always looking forward to additional free time, Cotledge said he’ll be challenged in simply relaxing.

“God will put me in a position to give back continuously,” Cotledge said.

Cotledge’s wife, Beverly Cotledge, recently retired from UAPB. He has a son and a daughter and four grandchildren and intends to spend time with them, but he said he’s most looking forward to he and his wife being able to “enjoy each other’s company more.”

A replacement for Cotledge has not been named.