Health Commissioner

Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (“TLCHD”) is committed to being the leader in public health by promoting and protecting the health of all people where they live, learn, work, and play with a vision of a healthier Lucas County for everyone.  The TLCHD’s core values are:

The Health Department is neither a county entity nor a municipal entity but is a combined regional health district whose operations are dictated by a merger agreement entered into by the various local elected officials (Mayor or County Commissioner). This merger agreement has been in effect for over 20 years.  The Health Department’s $11+MM budget is generated from general fund revenue along with fees for services and grants.

Dr. Eric Zgodzinski retired from his role as Health Commissioner after 22 years in public health and the last 7 as Commissioner.  The Health Board has therefore embarked on a national search to recruit a Health Commissioner to guide the TLCHD and its prominent work in public health in Toledo, Lucas County and the broader region. More information about the TLCHD can be found on its website:

The Position


The Health Commissioner will have an office in the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at 635 North Erie Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604-5317; telephone 419.213.4100. 

Reporting Relationships

The Health Commissioner reports to the 12-member Board of Health, which meets monthly. This executive will staff or regularly attend a variety of Board Committee meetings.  The Health Commissioner will direct the TLCHD staff including the following senior staff positions: Deputy Health Commissioner, Chief of Staff; Interim Medical Director; Minority Health Program Coordinator, Health Communication Specialist and Directors of Childhood Wellness, Environmental Health, Finance, Human Resources, IQI, IT & Operations, Nursing & Health Services, a total of over 120 employees.   Of the staff, 70 are represented by the AFSCME and 11 by the Ohio Nurses Association, with the next contract renewal scheduled for 2025.

Other important interactions include: county and municipal elected and appointed officials; state and national elected officials; representatives of hospitals, FQHCs, other public and private health-related agencies; academic leaders within the region’s schools of public health, allied medicine and medical schools; members of the media; the public at large.

Position Charter

This position develops and executes program, operations, and fiscal strategies that advance the agency in alignment with accreditation, regulatory, and internal policies. Links the public health strategy for the community and organization to ensure that the community is better served. Provides guidance in the formulation and execution of a sound financial strategy. Serves as secretary to the Board of Health and represents the Board to internal and external stakeholders, which includes conducting presentations and other outreach events. Carries out all orders of the Board and the Ohio Department of Health in the enforcement of all communicable disease control, sanitation & wellness laws, and regulations on behalf of the agency. Keeps public informed on all matters that impact public health.

Major Duties & Responsibilities 


The Health Commissioner is expected to earn a base salary of at least $136,000; appropriate benefits including participation in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, as well as some relocation assistance, will be provided.

The Candidate


As prescribed in Ohio Revised Code 3709.11: The person appointed a commissioner candidate must be a licensed physician, licensed dentist, licensed veterinarian, licensed podiatrist, licensed chiropractor, or the holder of a master’s degree in public health or an equivalent master's degree in a related health field as determined by the members of the Board of Health in a general health district.

Professional Qualifications

The ideal candidate must have at least 5 years of experience in a full-time senior leadership position with a public health agency including responsibility for disease prevention and control programs, preferably in a supervisory or other administrative position with at least 5 years of experience in the management of personnel.  Alternative experience may come from another healthcare field including hospital or health agency or university environment. Experience serving a complex and diverse urban and suburban marketplace along with significant Board interaction are strongly desired.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Desired Professional Leadership and Personal Traits

Challenges and Opportunity  

Key accomplishments and challenges for the new Health Commissioner in the first year and beyond include:

The Health Commissioner is a highly visible public leadership position in Toledo and Lucas County and, as such, the new Commissioner will have significant influence on the continued thoughtful service to and improved health status of the community and the region in the years to come.  The Health Department Board of Health and staff leaders are not content with the status quo and have high expectations for the Department’s new Commissioner to lead them into “the next chapter” for the Health Department and community.

Toledo, Lucas County and Northwestern Ohio

Located on western Lake Erie, Toledo and Lucas County offer all the attributes of a large cosmopolitan metropolitan area, while maintaining small town atmosphere and charm. Toledo has over 270,00 residents, making it the fourth largest city in Ohio.  Lucas County’s population is 430,000, the three county MSA has a population of 650,000+ and the 11 ­county Northwestern Ohio region has almost one million people.

The Toledo and Lucas County community includes residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds and has maintained a solid economy with a mix of service, healthcare, and manufacturing businesses. There are 33 colleges, universities and community colleges within 60 miles of Toledo, accounting for one of highest such concentrations in the United States. With an enrollment of more than 71,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Northwest Ohio offers a comprehensive selection of higher education programs including nationally recognized schools of engineering, pharmacy, education, business, law and medicine.

There are recreational, sporting, and cultural activities available year-round and the area is home to an extensive Metroparks system, a nationally recognized zoo and symphony orchestra, a world­ renowned museum of art, and a variety of neighborhood festivals. Professional and collegiate athletics include minor league baseball and minor league hockey along with collegiate Division I, II and III sports programs.

More information can be found on the following websites:


We fully respect the need for confidentiality of information supplied by interested parties.  NOTE: prospective candidates should be aware that any applications or resumes submitted for this opportunity are subject to the Ohio Public Records Act and may be disclosed. 

If you are aware of an outstanding health executive who meets these requirements and would be interested in evaluating this dynamic opportunity, please email or contact either consultant at Waverly Partners, the executive search firm retained by the Board of Health on this search.

Heidi G. Milosovic, Managing Director & Principal         Eric N. Peterson, Managing Director & Principal

Waverly Partners, Cleveland, Ohio                                   Waverly Partners, Cleveland, Ohio

O: 440.355.6629; M: 216.387.0832                                  O: 440.892.5961; M: 440.463.0988                                       

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is committed to an inclusive and diverse team and is an equal opportunity employer. The TLCHD does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status, or any legally protected status.

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