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Polk County Board of Supervisors Appoint Public Health Director

Posted August 14, 2012 in Altoona, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Johnston, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights


DES MOINES, Iowa – August 14, 2012 — The Polk County Board of Supervisors took action today to appoint Rick Kozin as Polk County’s new Public Health Director.

Kozin has served as Program Manager in Health Planning and Education at the Health Department since 2007 and previously served for six years as Public Health Planner within the department. He holds a Masters Degree in Government from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Adelphi University.

“The Board of Supervisors is pleased to be appointing Rick to the position of Health Director. He has proven his ability and displayed fortitude by rising through the ranks and has a passion for public health that is vital for this important position. We are confident that through Rick’s leadership he will bring a collaboration of vision to public health that will be shared among the community as challenges in the way we treat and educate our citizens occur within the health field over the next few years,” stated Board of Supervisors Chair Angela Connolly.

“These are very exciting and challenging times for those of us in the health field. I’ve been with Polk County longer than any other employer because of the extraordinary staff I work with and the leadership and commitment to public health of the Board. More and more, people will be looking to public health and local health departments to provide leadership. I am happy to be part of making a difference on issues within our community,” stated Rick Kozin.

Kozin’s appointment follows a nationwide search for Polk County’s new Public Health Director. County Administrator David Jones and Project Manager Sue Elliott interviewed five candidates. Jones, Elliott and a panel of community providers with public health expertise interviewed three semi-finalists.

Kozin replaces former Public Health Director Terri Henkels who retired in June after 35 years of service to Polk County. Scott Slater has been serving as Interim Director since July 1.

Contact:      Sue Elliott, Project Manager
Polk County Board of Supervisors
(515) 286-3128

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