LeRoy named health of­fi­cer

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DEN­TON — Scott T. LeRoy was re­cently ap­pointed Car­o­line County’s health of­fi­cer, the Car­o­line County com­mis­sion­ers and the Hon­or­able Den­nis R. Schrader, Mary­land sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of Health & Men­tal Hy­giene, an­nounced in a news re­lease.

LeRoy will suc­ceed Dr. Le­land Spencer, who served both Car­o­line and Kent coun­ties as health of­fi­cer. Spencer will con­tinue to serve Car­o­line County on a part-time ba­sis, pro­vid­ing clin­i­cal over­sight of health de­part­ment pro­grams, while continuing as health of­fi­cer for Kent County.

LeRoy plans to re­lo­cate to Car­o­line County in Fe­bru­ary and will re­main a county res­i­dent dur­ing his ten­ure.

DEN­TON — Scott T. LeRoy was re­cently ap­pointed Car­o­line County’s health of­fi­cer, the Car­o­line County com­mis­sion­ers and the Hon­or­able Den­nis R. Schrader, Mary­land sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of Health & Men­tal Hy­giene, an­nounced in a news re­lease.

LeRoy will suc­ceed Dr. Le­land Spencer, who served both Car­o­line and Kent coun­ties as health of­fi­cer. Spencer will con­tinue to serve Car­o­line County on a part­time ba­sis, pro­vid­ing clin­i­cal over­sight of health de­part­ment pro­grams, while continuing as health of­fi­cer for Kent County.

The com­mis­sion­ers thanked Spencer for his 13 years of ser­vice to Car­o­line County.

“Lee has been a true ad­vo­cate for pub­lic health and a good part­ner,” said Com­mis­sioner Wil­bur Le­ven­good.

The com­mis­sion­ers noted Spencer pro­vided ca­pa­ble man­age­ment dur­ing one of the most chal­leng­ing pe­ri­ods of change in both gov­ern­ment and health­care, and played a ma­jor role in ne­go­ti­at­ing the county’s agree­ment with Shore Re­gional Health for ex­panded ser­vices and health­care ac­cess.

“All Car­o­line res­i­dents owe Dr. Spencer a debt of grat­i­tude for the work he has done,” Le­ven­good said.

LeRoy comes to Car­o­line County with 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in pub­lic health. He cur­rently serves as the di­rec­tor of health and hu­man ser vices for the City of Dan­bury, Conn., a po­si­tion he has held for the last 12 years, re­spon­si­ble for the im­plan­ta­tion of a wide va­ri­ety of ser­vices and pro­grams to meet the health and so­cial ser vices needs of Dan­bury’s di­verse pop­u­la­tion of 85,000.

LeRoy’s ca­reer has ex­posed him to ev­ery facet of pub­lic health, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal health and reg­u­la­tion, pro­gram de­sign and pub­lic health emer­gency plan­ning. He has a strong record of build­ing part­ner­ships to im­prove pub­lic health out­comes and work­ing well with state and lo­cal lead­ers.

“Scott has a hands on ap­proach to health and hu­man ser­vices that is a great fit for Car­o­line County,” said Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Dan Franklin. “We were im­pressed by the scope of his ex­pe­ri­ence and his ed­u­ca­tional back­ground. There won’t be any­thing he en­coun­ters on the job that he hasn’t done and ex­celled at be­fore.”

Among LeRoy’s strengths are his di­rect and ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in all ar­eas of pub­lic health.

“Scott has shown strong lead­er­ship skills and has what it takes to move the nee­dle on pub­lic health is­sues for Car­o­line County. We’re very ex­cited for what the future holds,” Franklin said.

LeRoy has a B.S. in en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences and tech­nol­ogy from SUNY En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences & Forestry Col­lege at Syra­cuse Univer­sity, an M.S. in ex­per­i­men­tal pathol­ogy from New York State Med­i­cal Col­lege and a Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health from South­ern Connecticut State Univer­sity.

Ad­di­tion­ally, LeRoy has com­pleted ad­vanced lead­er­ship and man­age­ment train­ing, in­clud­ing the CDC’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Pub­lic Health Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute and the pres­ti­gious Har­vard Univer­sity Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment’s Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion for Senior Of­fi­cials in Gov­ern­ment.

LeRoy was ap­pointed after an ex­ten­sive na­tion­wide search and multi-step eval­u­a­tion process. After three rounds of in­ter views, which in­cluded in­put from health­care and com­mu­nity part­ners, health de­part­ment staff and county gov­ern­ment and DHMH senior lead­ers, the com­mis­sion­ers are con­fi­dent LeRoy has the nec­es­sar y knowl­edge, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Car­o­line County com­mis­sion­ers are deeply ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the health of their com­mu­nity and have made im­prov­ing health out­comes one of their pri­mary fo­cus ar­eas.

“The health is­sues fac­ing our com­mu­nity are too im­por­tant to con­tinue with a part-time health of­fi­cer,” said Vice Pres­i­dent Larry Porter. “We are investing in a full-time health of­fi­cer to pro­vide pub­lic health lead­er­ship, not just to the de­part­ment, but to the wider com­mu­nity. We can’t make progress with­out the kind of lead­er­ship Scott brings to the po­si­tion.”

LeRoy said he found Car­o­line County’s pas­sion for pub­lic health and part­ner­ship in­spir­ing.

“Through my con­ver­sa­tions with the com­mis­sion­ers, as well as ev­ery­one I met along the way, I un­der­stood how rare Car­o­line County is as a com­mu­nity,” LeRoy said. “I’m aware of its chal­lenges, but also its op­por­tu­ni­ties. I’m ex­cited to get to work im­prov­ing health out­comes and ac­cess for all res­i­dents.”

While named the Car­o­line County Health De­part­ment, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is part of the State of Mary­land’s De­part­ment of Men­tal Health and Hy­giene (DHMH). The lo­cal health of- fi­cer is nom­i­nated by the Car­o­line County com­mis­sion­ers and con­firmed by the sec­re­tary of DHMH.

The Health De­part­ment pro­vides pro­grams re­lated to com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease, im­mu­niza­tions, ma­ter­nal and child health, com­mu­nity data col­lec­tion, trend­ing and sur­veil­lance, health as­sess­ment, plan­ning and qual­ity im­prove­ment, health ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, chronic dis­ease preven­tion, emer­gency pre­pared­ness and en­vi­ron­men­tal health reg­u­la­tion, in­spec­tion and li­cens­ing.

En­hanc­ing health­care ac­cess, ad­dress­ing the be­hav­ioral health cri­sis, re­spond­ing to com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, sub­stan­tially im­prov­ing rates of chronic dis­ease and im­prov­ing cus­tomer ser­vice are is­sues LeRoy has iden­ti­fied as key fo­cus ar­eas.

LeRoy plans to re­lo­cate to Car­o­line County in Fe­bru­ary and will re­main a county res­i­dent dur­ing his ten­ure.

“I grew up in a ru­ral area very much like Car­o­line County,” LeRoy said. “My wife and I were im­pressed by the strong sense of com­mu­nity here and know this will be a great place to raise our daugh­ter. We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of the Car­o­line County fam­ily.”

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