Board of County Commissioners  Seeking Applicants for Board of Health

La Plata County is accepting applications for qualified appointees to its Board of Health that will be empowered to meet in an organizational capacity for the purpose of ensuring that La Plata County’s public health department (“LPCPHD”) is ready to be fully operational on Jan. 1, 2024. 

La Plata County recently voted to withdraw from the local district public health agency, San Juan Basin Public Health (“SJBPH”), by Dec. 31, 2023. In doing so, the County will need to establish its own public health department and appoint members to its Board of Health. Such organizational actions may include but are not limited to: selecting a public health director for the LPCPHD, recommending a budget for the LPCPHD to be included in the 2024 budget for La Plata County, develop public and general policies for LPCPHD, and securing such employees, property, contracts and leases as may be necessary to operate the LPCPHD beginning Jan. 1, 2024. 

The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will choose members of the public who live in La Plata County and have education, experience, or a combination of both in finance, public administration, public governance, or a public health discipline such as environmental health, health education, epidemiology, social and behavioral health, biostatistics, or public health administration.  Please be advised that this is a completely voluntary position; members shall receive no compensation for services, but shall be entitled to the necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of their duties. Meeting requirements may vary depending on workload and prospective members should be prepared to meet on a monthly or bi-weekly basis as necessary throughout 2023. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the Board of Health will be required to conduct regular meetings at least once every three months at such times as may be established by the Board of Health.

The BoCC is considering the most effective structure for the Board of Health. Initial Board members will serve staggered terms, with each position serving a five-year term thereafter.  Interested candidates should complete an application at www.co.laplata.co.us/BoardOfHealth no later than Dec. 9, 2022. Interviews will be conducted during an open public meeting and scheduled on either Dec. 16, 2022, between 1 and 5 p.m. or Dec. 19, 2022 between 1 and 5 p.m. Interviewees will be offered the option of attending in person or via Zoom.

The Board reserves the right to appoint one, several, or none of the respondent candidates to the Board of Health and may withdraw or terminate this invitation in its sole discretion for any reason, including its own convenience, at any time.

Materials provided to the County may be subject to public disclosure and candidate qualifications may be discussed in open public meetings. La Plata County is subject to the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. §24-72-101 et seq., as amended (“CORA”).  The BoCC is subject to the Colorado Open Meetings Law, C.R.S. § 24-6-401, et seq. Its meetings are conducted in accordance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law, C.R.S. § 24-6-401, et seq.  Records of its proceedings are kept and open to inspection by the public at all reasonable times pursuant to the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. § 24-72-201, et seq.