Health Commissioner R. Joseph (Joe) Ebel RS, MS, MBA,
Joe Ebel is the Health Commissioner of the Licking County General Health District. He has served in that role since 1999. Joe oversees all aspects of Public Health in the Licking County and directs the Licking County Health Department staff of 70 serving 25 townships, 11 villages and three cities and supporting the over 170,000 residents of the county.
Joe has 30 years of Public Health experience. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Geology at Oberlin College in 1985. He went on to earn his Master Degree in Environmental Management, and a Master in Business Administration, from the University of Findlay. Joe is also a State of Ohio Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian.
Joe led a successful initiative to pass smoke-free indoor air ordinances in Newark, Heath and Granville in 2005 and 2006. He also coordinated the merger of the Newark City and Licking County Health Departments
by gaining the support of township trustees, village mayors, city mayors and city councils, resulting in the successful merger after nearly 50 years of on-and-off attempts.
Joe led LCHD to achieving National Accreditation in 2013, one of the first 22 departments in the nation to be granted this recognition.
Joe serves on a variety of state and local coalitions and boards: Public Health Partnership of Licking County (President), Ohio Retail Food Safety Advisory Council, Ohio Public Health Association (Past President), Licking County Children and Families First Council (Past President), Association of Ohio Health Commissioners (Past District Director), Licking County Child Fatality Review Board (Chair), Licking County Community Health Improvement Committee, Licking County Drug Overdose Death Review Board, and others.