Board of Health

The Whitman County Board of Health is seeking residents interested in being appointed to the Whitman County Board of Health in one of three non-elected positions.

The Whitman County Commissioners on June 21, 2022, as required by HB 1152 (2021 leg session), passed an ordinance effective July 1, 2022 which changes the composition of the Whitman County Board of Health to add three non-elected members to the three existing elected members.   The non-elected member positions available are a) Public Health, Health Care Facilities and Providers, b) Consumers of Public Health or c) Other Community Stakeholders.  The complete definition of each of these three positions is included in Ordinance # 085864 (see link below).  

The Whitman County Commissioners are asking for interested persons to fill out an application for appointment (see link below) to the Board of Health and specify which position they believe they qualify for.  The Board of County Commissioners will examine all applications and select the initial three new members.  

The Whitman County Board of Health meets every other month starting in January to hear reports from the Public Health Administrator, Staff and the Health Officer regarding health issues affecting residents of Whitman County and to confer with the Health Officer and Public Health Administrator on potential actions necessary to protect public health or control imminent disease threats.  They have broad legal authority and responsibility to protect the community’s health as generally defined in RCW 70.05.060 and specifically defined in Whitman County Code 2.08.  The Board of Health appoints the Local Health Officer if a vacancy occurs in that position and follows all County employee policies as specified by our county Human Resources department.  The annual budget for the Health department, the wage of the Health Officer and hiring of the Health Department Director are overseen by the Board of County Commissioners through their budgetary authority.

Anyone interested can contact the Clerk of the Board Corey Mitzimberg at or 509-397-5251 for more information.

ORDINANCE # 085864                   Board of Health Application for Appointment

Whitman County Board of Health

The Board of Whitman County Commissioners serve as the Whitman County Board of Health in accordance with the public health and safety chapter RCW 70.46.060. The Board of Health has broad legal authority and the responsibility to protect the community's health and to enforce local, state and federal laws and regulations. By selecting and overseeing leadership, working with staff to set policy and priorities, approving the annual operating budget, and enacting health policies through local public health regulations, the Board establishes the overall direction of the Public Health Department. The Board of Health exercises final authority over all matters pertaining to the preservation of the life and health of the people within Whitman County.

Board Responsibilities

  • Enforcement of state public health statutes and the rules of the state Board of Health and Secretary of Health
  • Supervision of health and sanitary measures for the provision of public health
  • Enacting local rules and regulations to preserve, promote and improve public health and provide enforcement as necessary
  • Control and prevent any dangerous, contagious or infectious disease within the county
  • Prevention, control and abatement of nuisance detrimental to public health
  • Secure financial support needed to maintain foundation public health services
  • Establish fee schedules for issuing permits or other such services
  • Appointment of Public Health Officer (RCW 70.05.070)

Current Members - Whitman County Commissioners

          Art Swannack                              Michael Largent                              Tom Handy

Art Swannack
Michael Largent
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Board of Health meetings begin at 3:00 PM, every other month on the 3rd Monday  unless otherwise noted.

Meetings are held in the Public Service Building Auditorium and via Zoom.

2022 and 2023 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Monday, March 21, 2022
Monday, March 20, 2023
Monday, May 16, 2022
Monday, May 15, 2023
Monday, July 18, 2020
Monday, July 17, 2023
Monday, September 19, 2022
Monday, September 18, 2023
Monday, November 2022
Monday, November 20, 2023

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Agendas & Minutes 

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2022 Meeting Agendas

2022 Minutes

01/18/2022 Meeting01/18/2022 Minutes
03/21/2022 Meeting 03/21/2022 Minutes 
05/16/2022 Meeting 05/1/2022 Minutes  
07/18/2022 Meeting 07/1/2022 Minutes 
09/19/2022 Meeting 09/19/2022 Minutes 
11/21/2022 Meeting 11/21/2022 Minutes  

2021 Agendas

2021 Minutes