December 4, 2017

County Board of Health names health administrator

CHESTER -- The Randolph County Board of Health appointed Stephanie Martin, MA as Public Health Administrator for 2018 at its November 28th meeting.

The Board of Health appointed Martin Interim Administrator in March 2017, based on the recommendation of retiring Administrator Thomas Smith, and Martinís education, experience, and performance at the health department. Stephanie began working for the health department in September 2013 as an in-person counselor. Her role expanded to include public information officer, health educator, and administrative duties.

Illinois Administrative Code requires local health department executive officers appointed by the Board of Health to apply to the Illinois Department of Public Health for approval. The Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 600.310 establishes the qualifications required to serve as Public Health Administrators. Martin holds a Bachelorís Degree in Political Science magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Masterís Degree in Communications Management from Lindenwood University, with six yearsí experience in public administration, including more than two years in public health administration. She is a Shear Fellow and received the Trailblazer Award from the University of Missouri in 2004.

The Illinois Department of Public Health approved Ms. Martin for Public Health Administrator on September 20, 2017. The Board of Health will negotiate a contract with Stephanie following the completion of a collective bargaining agreement with Local 399 International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO. The current collective bargaining agreement expires December 31, 2017.

The Randolph County Health Department (RCHD) is a Certified Local Health Department that provides clinical and environmental services through the operation of various programs, services, and partnerships. In 2016, the Randolph County Health Department celebrated 50 years of service directed toward prevention of disease, promotion of health, and the improvement of the quality of life for Randolph County citizens. The health department receives funding from private foundations, state, and federal grants, fees for services, and county tax dollars.