Brent Ovard receives Utah Environmental Health Association’s Pickett-Webb Memorial Award

Summit County, Utah (September 27, 2018) — Brent Ovard, an Environmental Health Scientist and Deputy Director of the Summit County Health Department was honored by the Utah Environmental Health Association (UEHA) last week for his career achievements in environmental health.

The Pickett-Webb Memorial Award is an annual award from UEHA recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of environmental health and is the most prestigious environmental health award in Utah. Environmental Health staff at Summit County nominated Brent for a variety of projects he has developed and implemented during his career at the health department:  food safety during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games,  a program to improve records of Summit County’s 9000 septic systems, and water quality management at the Summit County Landfill, among others.

“Brent has been an integral part of the health department over the past twenty-six years,” Summit County Health Director, Rich Bullough said. “His work has shaped our Environmental Health program, from water quality and food safety to system records and data management. Our health department wouldn’t be where it is today without his dedicated public service. For me, I most appreciate Brent’s support and mentorship as I’ve learned the role of Health Officer in Summit County.”

In addition to his work at the Summit County Health Department, Ovard also serves on the Henefer City Council and has operated the town’s public water system for more than 29 years.  Ovard is a graduate of Weber State and Utah State universities and a retired staff sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserve. When not engaged in public service, Brent enjoys time with his children and eight grandchildren.