By MORGAN MANNS
The Seneca County Health District welcomed a new health commissioner to the team and said goodbye to another Thursday evening at its regular meeting.
Beth Schweitzer was introduced to board members and staff as the new health commissioner of the district at her first meeting. She will replace Marjorie Broadhead beginning May 1.
Schweitzer transitioned to Seneca County Health District from Williams County Health Department after 22 years of service as the Community Health Director.
“I felt this was the next step for me in my career,” she said. “I had been wanting to do this kind of work within a health department, getting to know the staff as well as the community partners.”
She said she decided it was time for a change after she received her master’s degree in public health through Northwest Ohio Public Health Consortium at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
Although her husband is staying in Bryan, where they currently reside, for his job, Schweitzer said she has children and grandchildren in the area that she can be close to while staying in her apartment in Tiffin.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all the staff as well as the community partners,” she said. “I plan to help provide the best possible services for the community that we serve and make a difference in the community. Hopefully I do as good a job as (Broadhead) did.”
Broadhead has been with the health district since July 1999. She said she plans to spend her retirement backpacking the Appalachian and Buckeye trails and spending time with her family.
“It’s been such a wonderful experience, working with the staff and the people in the county,” she said. “Now I’m going to take some time off to be with my family.”
A resolution was read “expressing appreciation to Marjorie Broadhead” during the meeting, stating that the board “recognizes the many hours of hard work that Mrs. Marjorie Broadhead has exhibited in the performance of her duties as health commissioner”¦” and “her dedicated service to this health district. “¦ and therefore be it resolved that (the board) expresses their sincere deep appreciation for her dedicated service and outstanding effort in protecting and improving the public health of our residents”¦”
A native of the Akron area, Broadhead said she plans to continue to “claim Seneca County as her home.”
In other business, it was reported that the Sunny Farms Landfill will receive a violation for blowing trash/off-site trash; however, the odor complaints were down this month compared to last month and there were no readings suggesting the landfill was in violation of other laws.
Also during the meeting, the following houses here condemned:
•205 Sandusky St. “” Owned by Claude Funk Jr. and Mary. J. Funk, 1415 TR 243;
• 306 E. Clark St. “” Owned by Jeffrey R. Kelbley (Succ. Trustee), 404 Burnham Dr.; and
• 7903 W. CR 592 “” owned by Linda M. Patterson (Trustee), 7881 W. CR 592.