In response to legislation set to take effect July 1, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will add four members to the governing board of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.
Senate Bill 08-194, the Public Health Revitalization Act that was passed last year, requires the county to expand the current Board of Health from five members to nine.
Michael Wallingford, environmental health services administrator for the Broomfield Public Health and Environment department, was actively involved in getting the legislation passed. He said goal of the bill’s proponents were to build more public involvement, to require creation of a public health plan for each county based on consistent state guidelines and to get rid of antiquated language in the former statute.
“You can’t help but have political involvement in public health – and the real beneficiaries will be their constituents,” he said.
Two of the four added seats must be held by county commissioners and will be filled by Amy Lathen and Sallie Clark.
Jerry Heimlicher was appointed to fill the seat reserved for a member of the Colorado Springs City Council and Manitou Springs Councilman Marc Snyder will fill the seat reserved for a representative from other municipalities in the county.
The first meeting of the new Board of Health is scheduled to be held at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center at 1:30 p.m. April 20 at 2880 International Circle.