County board of health names new health commissioner

| February 24, 2015

COSHOCTON – Mel Cantrell, board president of the Coshocton County General Health District, announced that the board named Steve Lonsinger as its health commissioner, filling the position left vacant by the recent passing of Robert R. Brems Jr.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities as a full-time health commissioner, Lonsinger will also continue to maintain responsibilities as a registered sanitarian.

By consolidating the position of health commissioner and sanitarian into a single full-time position, the board was able to fill the position internally. Savings from the cost cutting reorganization will be used to offset shortfalls in the health district’s general fund.

Lonsinger attended The Ohio State University as an undergraduate and earned a master’s degree in public administration at Ohio University. Lonsinger has been involved in public health for more than 22 years as a sanitarian and most recently as the general health district’s director of environmental health.

Zach Fanning, a registered sanitarian with the general health district, was appointed by the board as the interim director of environmental health.

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