Media Release

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2021

Media Contact:

Lori Buttars

Brian Cowan to Lead Weber-Morgan Health Department

(Ogden, UT) – The Weber-Morgan Board of Health named Brian Cowan, a 25-year veteran environmental health scientist and division director with the department as its new Executive Director and Health Officer.

Cowan takes the helm February 19 from Brian Bennion who is retiring after six years.

Cowan holds a bachelor of Zoology from Weber State University and a Masters of Public Health from Westminster College. He is an active member of the Utah Environmental Health Association where he acted in many capacities, advocating for Weber-Morgan Health Department and public health on a statewide level. His past employment includes instructing onsite wastewater treatment courses for Utah State University, an adjunct professor of Environmental Health at Westminster College, and a stint operating a hotel and restaurant in Tropic, Utah. His most recent position with the Weber-Morgan Health Department has been as its Director of Administration.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to lead our department through the end of the pandemic and looking at new ways of addressing and improving the vital work of public health in our community,” Cowan said.

A longtime champion of air quality, Cowan helped modernize the department’s mobile source and vehicle emissions programs. He said evidence based interventions and community collaborations will remain top priorities as the two-county health district is expected to see continued population growth in the coming decades.

The Weber-Morgan Health Department encompasses one of the most diverse populations in the state, with Ogden as its urban center along the Wasatch Front with Morgan to the east and western Weber County as its rural perimeters. It serves nearly 265,000 residents.

“I hope to help build upon the community partnerships that exist in our community, and engage new resources in pursuit of our public health mission.”


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Lori Buttars

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