While it may not be the most glamorous job in local government, the public health director has a keen impact on our daily lives.
This person, after all, is in charge or programs that prevent us all from getting sick and promote better health in our community. When the plague spreads among our local prairie dogs (as it is now), it's the health department that tells us how to avoid being infected. Going to a restaurant? You can thank the local health department for inspecting their kitchen. Taking a swim in a public pool? It's public health inspectors that ensure that you won't end up with a nasty rash or a case of E. coli from unclean water. Getting a tattoo? Again, it's public health that ensures the equipment being used is clean.
Recently, Dan Martindale was promoted to fill the top position at the health department. You can read more about the guy making sure you don't end up praising the porcelain god after eating an innocent-looking taco here:
El Paso County Board of Health Appoints Public Health Director
El Paso County, CO - The El Paso County Board of Health on Tuesday unanimously appointed Dan Martindale to the position of El Paso County Public Health Director.
Martindale served as the interim public health director since July 2014 following the departure of Public Health Director Jill Law. Law served as director from 2012-2014.
Martindale was previously the agency’s deputy director, and has more than 30 years of experience in public health and non-profit management.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Health, our highly skilled staff, as well as expanding our community partnerships to meet the public health needs of El Paso County residents,” Martindale said.
He holds a Masters in Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has held numerous management and director level positions with El Paso County Public Health in his nearly 20 years with the agency.
“With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Mr. Martindale is not only highly skilled but also a demonstrated community leader. His leadership and experience will support the agency’s mission and vision, and we are very pleased to welcome him to this new role,” said Kari Kilroy, president of the Board of Health.
El Paso County Public Health is organized into four major divisions: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Control, Health Services, and Environmental Health. Public Health serves the residents of El Paso County and visitors, including the cities and towns of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake and Ramah.