Adam London has been named the new administrative health officer for the Kent County Health Department.
London had served as the interim manager since Cathy Raevsky left the post in February and moved to northern California.
London will manage the department’s daily operations and will supervise and implement the programs that are targeted to prevent disease and promote the health of all county residents.
He will also work closely with the county’s health systems and human-service providers.
Kent County Administrator and Controller Daryl Delabbio said London has demonstrated “very solid leadership skills” during his short stint as the interim director.
“I am proud of what Adam has done, how he has embraced the role of an interim leader of the finest health department in the state and of his vision for the future,” he said.
“Adam earned his position,” Delabbio added, “not only by going through the recruitment and selection process, but also through his superb performance while interim AHO.”
“I know that Adam will be an excellent leader in the public health community, not only locally but also statewide,” said Delabbio, “and he will be a great ambassador for Kent County and the health department.”
Public health career
Prior to his promotion, London headed the department’s environmental health division for three years.
He came to the department in 2001 as a sanitarian, a post he previously held in Escanaba, and quickly moved up to become a project specialist.
But after earning a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, London joined the Ottawa County Health Department as a supervisor in 2004.
He became the environmental health director there just a year later, and returned to Kent County in 2010 to direct the environmental division.
“I’m honored and humbled with the opportunity to serve Kent County in this important role. The health of our community is perhaps the greatest determinant of our future,” said London.
“I look forward to working with the department’s amazing staff and partners throughout the community to ensure that Kent County is a healthy place for all.”