HAMILTON COUNTY, OHIO – Hamilton County Board of Health completed its annual reorganization at its March 9 meeting, electing Mark Rippe of Sycamore Township as president of the board and Jim Brett, of Whitewater Township as vice president.

The five-member Board of Health is the governing body of Hamilton County Public Health. In addition to Rippe and Brett, board members include Tracey A. Puthoff, Esq. of Anderson, Elizabeth Kelly, M.D. of Hyde Park, and new member Dan Meloy of Colerain Township.  The Board has the authority to adopt public health rules and regulations, which have the same status as law, and to enact policies within Hamilton County Public Health’s jurisdiction.

Meloy replaces Dr. Kenneth Amend, who stepped down from the board after 25 years of service.  Meloy has extensive experience in law enforcement, public safety and local government, having served as Colerain Township Administrator.  He is founder of QRT National that educates public and private entities on dealing with the disease of addiction.

“I want to thank Dr. Amend for his years of service,” says interim health commissioner, Greg Kesterman.  “He has been instrumental in guiding us through many initiatives, including sewage system programs, harm reduction and food service sanitation.  At the same time, we’re excited to have Dan Meloy join the board.  He has a wealth of experience in local government and is an innovator in the area of addiction services,” Kesterman adds.

The Board of Health’s regular meeting schedule through March, 2021 will be on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William Howard Taft, Cincinnati, OH 45219. All meetings are open to the public.

For more information about the Hamilton County Board of Health, including minutes of Board of Health meetings, visit www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org.

Hamilton County Public Health works to assure the 480,000 citizens living outside the cities of Cincinnati, Norwood and Springdale are safe from disease, injury and contamination.


Contact: Mike Samet, Public Information Officer
Phone: 513-946-7873
E-mail: mike.samet@hamilton-co.org
For Immediate Release: March 10, 2020