The health commissioner is the chief executive officer of the health district and is hired directly by the Board of Health. The Ohio Revised Code Section 3709.11 describes the requirements and duties for this position.
The person appointed as commissioner shall be a licensed physician, licensed dentist, a licensed veterinarian, licensed podiatrist, licensed chiropractor, or the holder of a master’s degree in public health or an equivalent master’s degree in a related health field as determined by the members of the board of health in a general health district.
The current health commissioner is Duane Stansbury. He was hired in March of 2005 to replace the retiring Dr. George Reed. Mr. Stansbury has a baccalaureate degree in Environmental Health Science from Wright State University and a Master of Public Health degree from the Ohio State University. He is a registered sanitarian in the State of Ohio and holds memberships in the Ohio Environmental Health Association, National Environmental Health Association, Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, and the National Association of County & City Health Officials.
Mr. Stansbury is a former president of the Ohio Environmental Health Association and served on several technical committees with that association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners and represents them on the Ohio Department of Health’s Pool Rules Committee and their School Rules Committee. He is a member of the Ohio State University Environmental Health Sciences Advisory Committee. In Warren County he serves on the Regional Planning Commission, the Children’s Trust Fund Committee, the Child Fatality Review Board, and the American Cancer Society Advisory Board.