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Board Appoints Interim Administrator for Snohomish Health District

Environmental health director Jefferson Ketchel to assume role April 1

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – At a special meeting convened on Monday, March 20, the Board of Health appointed Jefferson Ketchel as the Snohomish Health District’s interim administrator effective April 1. The appointment was made following the resignation of current deputy director Pete Mayer, who will be leaving April 7 to become the new Assistant Executive Director for Metro Parks Tacoma.

“The Board was fortunate to have such high caliber talent within the organization,” said Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, current chair of the Board of Health. “We are pleased that Jeff will be able to leverage his deep experience in public health in this role.”

Ketchel joined the Snohomish Health District as the environmental health director in July 2015. Prior to that, he served as administrator for Grant County Health District for five years following fifteen years in environmental health at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Ketchel is also a past president of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials and current co-chair of its legislative committee.

“The Snohomish Health District has truly amazing staff throughout the agency,” said Ketchel. “I am honored to be selected as its interim administrator.”

The Board also presented health officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum with a proclamation recognizing his contribution to public health and Snohomish County. Dr. Goldbaum gave his farewell address to the Board, highlighting achievements and observations from his 10 years of service at the Health District. Recruitment for a new health officer is underway, but Dr. Goldbaum will remain on in a limited capacity through May. Upon selection of the health officer, the District will embark on a recruitment process for a permanent administrator.

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