For Immediate Release
December 2, 2020
WMHD Executive Director/Health Officer Brian Bennion Announces Retirement
(Ogden, UT) – Brian Bennion, Weber-Morgan Executive Director/Health Officer is leaving his post at the end of February. Mr. Bennion informed the Weber-Morgan Board of Health of his intention to retire at its regular board meeting on Monday.
“I have enjoyed working with our dedicated staff and our wonderful community partners,” he said. “Together, I believe we have done a lot of good and have made a difference these past seven years.”
Mr. Bennion, who came to WMHD in 2014, will be completing his 38th year as a public health professional in Utah. In his time as health officer, he brought focus to the department’s fiscal and strategic planning, overseeing the first formal community health assessments, community health improvement and workforce development plans. He guided the department in addressing such public health concerns as e-cigarettes and vehicle testing. He also worked with elected officials and board members to expand the membership of the Weber-Morgan Board of Health from 11 to 13 members to include representation from more community stakeholders such as local school districts and hospitals.
Mr. Bennion made it a priority to address the social determinants of health through community partnerships and positioned the Weber-Morgan Health Department to participate in numerous communitywide efforts. He has served on the boards of such organizations as the Ogden Community Action Network (OgdenCAN), Weber County’s Prosperity Center of Excellence and Intermountain Healthcare’s Alliance for the Determinants of Health.
Most recently, Mr. Bennion has overseen the department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with state and local officials and educating the public about prevention measures to slow the spread of the new and highly contagious virus.
“Retirement is something you look forward to but making the decision to retire is difficult,” Mr. Bennion told the Board. “I will miss the people most of all.”
Board members expressed their appreciation for Mr. Bennion’s service.
“You have made Weber-Morgan Health Department a beacon for local health departments across the state,” said Neil Garner, who chairs the board as a representative of Ogden City. “Your professionalism has drawn respect from throughout the state and each of our local communities.”
Recruitment for a new health officer/executive director is underway. For more information, see https://webercounty.applicantpro.com/jobs/1583521.html
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