Jennifer Wentzel

The Montgomery County Board of Health has selected Jennifer Wentzel as the county’s next Health Commissioner effective 12/1/2021. Commissioner Wentzel becomes Montgomery County’s 7th Health Commissioner since the merger of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County Health Departments in 1970.

The appointment was made during the December 1st Board of Health Meeting. Commissioner Wentzel will be succeeding former Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper who announced in May that he would be retiring at the end of 2021 after nearly 31 years of service.

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer as Montgomery County’s next Health Commissioner,” said Michael Sims, President of the Montgomery County Board of Health. “Her past leadership in a variety of areas and experience are a perfect match to serve the citizens of Montgomery County and advance our work in helping to keep Montgomery County a healthy, safe and thriving community.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead an organization that makes such a positive impact in our community,” said incoming Health Commissioner Jennifer Wentzel, “I will be dedicated to helping the agency continue to provide outstanding service to its citizens and to further the advancement of health equity in our community.”

Prior to being selected as Montgomery County Health Commissioner, Wentzel served 7 years as Director of Environmental Health and before that 7years as a Supervisor in Office of Environmental Health. Her career began at Public Health in 2002 and she has a Masters of Public Health degree from Wright State University. Wentzel has provided statewide leadership serving 7 years on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Environmental Health Association.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County is one of the largest local health departments in Ohio with a budget of $38 million, approximately 300 employees, over 50 programs and services, and 8 facilities located throughout Montgomery County.

Public Health’s services; prevent the spread of disease, protect against threats to the air, food and water, promote healthy lifestyles, reach out to vulnerable populations, mobilize community action, respond to emergencies and serve as a public health information resource.

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