Authority of the Organization
The Belmont County Health
Department is a General Health District that serves all of
The Health Department responsibilities include and not limited to:
1. control of communicable disease;
2. promotion of health and safety;
3. control and prevention of conditions which could affect health;
4. identification of community health problems;
5. provision of personal and community health care services;
6. coordination of community resources to meet health needs;
7. educate and inform the public on issues regarding health and safety; and
8. hazardous emergency training, planning and response.
The District Advisory Council is responsible for reviewing reports of the Board of Health and making recommendations for the betterment of health and sanitation and for needed legislation. The Council also appoints four (4) members to the Board of Health. The Council consists of the president of the Board of County Commissioners, the chief executive of each municipal corporation not constituting a City health district, and the president of each board of township trustees.
The Board of Health establishes policies for the Health Department.
The Board may adopt such orders and
regulations as are needed to protect the public’s health.
The Board consists of six (6) members,
four (4) of whom are appointed by the District Advisory Council, one (1) each
year. The term of office is five (5)
years. One (1) is appointed by the
Health District Licensing Council and one (1) is appointed by the City of
The Health Commissioner is appointed by the Board of Health to be the chief executive officer and is responsible for carrying out all orders and regulations of the Board and the Ohio Department of Health. The Deputy Health Commissioner is appointed by the Board of Health to be the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for carrying out all day to day orders and regulations of the Ohio Department of Health. The Health Commissioner and/or Deputy Health Commissioner is also responsible for the enforcement of all sanitary laws and regulations, as well as for keeping the public informed in all matters affecting public health.
Staff members are employed upon the recommendation of the Health Commissioner and/or Deputy Health Commissioner. Employees will receive orientation and necessary training for their position responsibilities.
Employees are expected to conduct their responsibilities with maximum effectiveness and in an efficient manner. They are also responsible for having a thorough understanding of program responsibilities and administrative policies and procedures.