Environmental Health Scientist, Nathan Brooks, selected
Summit County, Utah (June 25, 2019) – The Summit County Health Department has chosen Henefer native Nathan Brooks to temporarily fill the role of Environmental Health Director. Brooks will oversee and direct the Summit County Environmental Health program for a two-month period. This follows the promotion of previous director, Dr. Phil Bondurant, to Deputy Director.
“Nate’s familiarity with the efforts to manage wastewater in Summit County and his working relationships with residents and businesses have been an important resource to the Environmental Health program,” Summit County Health Department Deputy Director, Phil Bondurant, said. “Our hope is that Nate will use this knowledge and his years of experience to continue building the Environmental Health program.”
Brooks has worked the previous eight years as an Environmental Health Scientist in Summit County’s Environmental Health program. His efforts have developed the health department’s wastewater and pool inspection programs in addition to the implementation of drones to more accurately map septic systems throughout the county. In 2017, Brooks was selected for the Reed S. Roberts Award from the Utah Environmental Health Association for his work and achievements in environmental health.
Brooks, a North Summit High School alumnus, graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s Biology and a masters in Public Administration from American Public University.
“I appreciate the opportunity to take the helm of our Environmental Health program,” Brooks said. “We’ve set a new standard over the past several years and I hope to maintain those expectations and prepare for the environmental challenges Summit County will face and we continue to grow change.
Over the course of the two-month interim, the health department will assess the needs and responsibilities of the Environmental Health Director as part of a succession plan for the position.
“We want to ensure that our Environmental Health program continues to be a success and national leader among health departments,” Bondurant said. “Initiatives such as water source protection and food safety require innovative, proactive leadership.”