District Leadership

Dr. Mark Beatty, Health OfficerMark Beatty

Dr. Mark Beatty joined the Snohomish Health District as the health officer in August 2017.  He is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Beatty started out practicing medicine in a remote hospital on the Navajo Nation, and then joined the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for 7 years. Following the CDC, Dr. Beatty worked in the vaccine industry and at the International Vaccine Institute.

As the Health Officer, one of Dr. Beatty’s primary focuses is his work related to the opioid epidemic. He is working with providers and prescribers throughout the area to expand awareness, reduce opioid prescribing and increase the number of eligible providers waivered to prescribe medication assisted treatment. His epidemiology training with the CDC has also proven to be a key asset to county efforts, and he is currently developing data models to help estimate the true burden of disease for the opioid epidemic locally.

Jeff Ketchel, AdministratorJeff Ketchel

Jefferson Ketchel is the administrator of the Snohomish Health District. Jeff joined the Health District as the environmental health director in July 2015, and has been the administrator since April 2017. Prior to that, he served as administrator of the Grant County Health District for five years following fifteen years at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Jeff is vice chair of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, on the board of directors for Leadership Snohomish County, and was a past president of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials.