Oversees the planning, development and implementation of public health services, and administers and enforces Public Health laws, orders, rules and standards set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the County. Assesses and monitors health factors in La Plata County and develops strategies to effectively communicate health issues to the public. Provides oversight, evaluation and program management for the Public Health Department. Responsible for the Public Health budget. Provides leadership and support for public health improvement activities.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position would be:
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in a public health discipline (e.g. environmental health, health education, epidemiology, nursing, health administration, biostatistics) or be a physician; and
Five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in public health.
La Plata County is a subdivision of the state that operates under the commissioner- that operates under the council-manager form of government, wherein the County Manager and Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) serve as the legislative body. The BOCC consists of three elected officials, each representing a geographic district, but all of whom are elected at large. As the governing body of the County, the BOCC performs legislative, budgetary, and policy-making functions, administers the La Plata County Land Use System, and advocates for citizens at all levels of government. Equally important, the BOCC establishes the vision and sets the direction for County government to plan for the future challenges that will face the community. The BOCC appoints the County Attorney, who serves as legal counsel and advisor to the BOCC. The BOCC also appoints the County Manager, who performs executive functions including appointing and supervising department heads and hiring staff, coordinating, and administering County programs, developing and maintaining intergovernmental relationships, drafting budgets, and advising the Board on policy matters. La Plata County employs currently 439 FTEs, and the County’s FY 2023 total adopted expenditure budget is $69,665,813.