Barb Hohlt announced as the new Executive Director of the St. Clair County Health Department

Board Names Barbara A. Hohlt Executive Director of St. Clair County Health Department

Ms. Barbara A. Hohlt, B.S., L.E.H.P., R.E.H.S. was appointed as Executive Director of the St. Clair County Health Department by the St. Clair County Board of Health. The appointment is effective July 1, 2015.
“Ms. Hohlt serves the residents of St. Clair County as a competent and proven leader who works continuously to provide programs and services for the betterment of public health,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. “She is an excellent leader, who is active in many community and volunteer organizations. Her dedicated service to St. Clair County is greatly appreciated.”

St. Clair County Board of Health Chairman Tracey Biermann added: “The St. Clair County Board of Health is pleased to welcome Ms. Barb Hohlt as the Executive Director of the St. Clair County Health Department. She has served as a senior manager in the Environmental and Emergency Preparedness Department as well as Deputy Executive Director within the Health Department. Some of her duties and responsibilities have included managing budgets, working with community partners and state health organizations and developing new programs. She has been a tremendous asset to the department and we look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Hohlt started her career in Public Health in 1984 as a Sanitarian with the Bond County Health Department in Greenville, IL. She joined the St. Clair County Health Department in 1986 as a Sanitarian conducting food inspections, private water supplies, nuisance complaints and private sewage disposal.

Through the years, Ms. Hohlt’s career has advanced to her current position of Deputy Executive Director of the Health Department. Prior to becoming Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Hohlt served as the Director of Health Protection where she was responsible for overall administration of Health Protection Programs, including Environmental Health, Environmental Protection, Infectious Disease Control and Emergency Management and a staff of 22 employees.

Ms. Hohlt stated, “I am truly honored and humbled to become the second Executive Director of the St. Clair County Health Department which is a nationally accredited public health agency, with dedicated staff and an abundance of community partners. With over 30 years of public health experience, 28 years with this agency, I have experienced many changes and challenges in public health practice. My goal is to best utilize our resources to provide programs and services specific to meet the needs of our public health community.”

Her major career accomplishments include:

  • Assisted in the establishment of St. Clair County Health Department as a Certified Local Health Department (1987) and accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (2014).
  • Assisted in the increase of the St. Clair County Health Department budget from $350,000 to more than $7 million with no increase in the local property tax for 29 consecutive years.
  • Provided leadership and knowledge to numerous employees and interns on environmental and public health programs and services.
  • Increased the Environmental Health Division programs and services to include vector control, tanning inspections, tattoo and body art inspections, smoke free enforcement, emergency preparedness and response, ground water protection and the Medical Reserve Corp.

Aside from her professional accomplishments, Ms. Hohlt is widely known for her involvement in numerous volunteer efforts throughout St. Clair County.
Some of Ms. Hohlt’s volunteer activities include serving as a board member for the St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises (SAVE), board member for the Metro East Parks and Recreation District (MERPD), member of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers for Hospice of Southern Illinois, the Dr. Willard C. Scrivner Public Health Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Originally from Nashville, IL, Ms. Hohlt received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Agriculture, Animal Industries from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. She is also a Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner, a Registered Environmental Health Specialist along with many other certifications and licensures.

“I am confident that Ms. Hohlt will continue to carry out the responsibilities of Executive Director with the same high level of professionalism and dedication that she has demonstrated during the past 28 years we have worked together,” said Kevin Hutchison, retiring Executive Director.

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