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Health District selects Communicable Disease Director

David S. Peterson rose through the ranks

SNOHOMISH COUNTY---Snohomish Health District announced today its selection of Edmonds resident David S. Peterson to direct the Communicable Disease Division. Peterson will oversee the staff and administrative operations of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually-transmitted disease, and other communicable disease programs.

“The team who selected Dave Peterson feels very confident that he will provide excellent leadership for the CD Division,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. “We will count on Dave to apply his many skills and extensive public health knowledge and experience to his new responsibilities.”

Peterson is a 28-year veteran of the Health District, advancing from Environmental Health Specialist to Assistant Director of Environmental Health Division. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, University of Washington, 1973; a Master of Business Administration degree, City University, 1983; and a Master of Public Administration degree, City University, 1985.

Peterson’s professional certifications include Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians, 1988; Registered Sanitarian, National Environmental Health Association, 1980; and Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians, 1974.

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