Whitcomb named new environmental health manager
Jannette Whitcomb has been named Garfield County Public Health’s new environmental health manager, replacing Joshua Williams, who became the department’s director in January. Whitcomb oversees a staff of five environmental health specialists and program managers specializing in wastewater, consumer protection, air, and water quality.
As much as 70 percent of air pollution is caused by motor vehicles. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pollution from vehicles causes more than half of the carbon monoxide, a third of nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons in our atmosphere. Garfield County has instituted a new idling policy for county staff.
Garfield County Environmental Health is a branch of the Garfield County Public Health Department. Currently, our programs have a very limited regulatory role. Our professional staff protects public health from detrimental conditions in the environment through promotion, education, collaboration, and the evaluation of environmental health risks.
Every day we are working hard to develop environmental health services and programs that serve the needs and concerns of the residents of Garfield County.