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Six new members welcomed to the Board of Health

Snohomish County’s Health Board oversees the policies and budget of the Snohomish Health District

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Ready for action, six new members raised their right hands recently and vowed to serve on the Snohomish County’s Board of Health. One was sworn in at the December 2013 meeting, four in January this year, and one in February. The 15-member board is composed of the five Snohomish County Council members, and 10 elected officials representing the county’s 20 incorporated cities and towns.

The new members are Ken Klein, Snohomish County Council District 1; Terry Ryan, Snohomish County Council District 4; Suzie Ashworth, Granite Falls City Council; Scott Murphy, Everett City Council; Sam Low, Lake Stevens City Council; and Sid Roberts, Lynnwood City Council.

“Our Health Board is a really positive group of people who are truly committed to improving the public’s health,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District. Dr. Goldbaum also is Secretary to the Board. “Each board member works toward the improved well-being of every resident in Snohomish County. They are highly motivated to help local public health succeed in its mission.”

Dr. Goldbaum said that the first major undertaking for the board will be to update the Health District’s strategic plan for continuing its work in light of financial constraints and health care reform.

The board’s continuing members are Snohomish County Council member Stephanie Wright (Chair), Edmonds City Council member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas (Vice-chair), Marysville City Council member Donna Wright, Snohomish County Council member Brian Sullivan, Snohomish County Council member Dave Somers, Brier City Council member John Joplin, Mukilteo City Council member Linda Grafer, Mountlake Terrace City Council member Seaun Richards, and Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak.

Health Board meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity for public comment. The full Board of Health normally meets each month at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Health District auditorium, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, Wash., 98201. Occasionally meetings are scheduled on other dates. Call 425.339.5210 or email for current meeting dates.

Snohomish Health District was created in 1959 under Washington State Law (RCW 70.46) as the municipal corporation responsible for public health in Snohomish County. The Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at