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Commissioner of Health

The Putnam County Department of Health is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Commissioner of Health. Applicants must meet the below required minimum qualifications, including those prescribed by New York State Public Health Law and New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations. The Commissioner of Health is a term-appointed position, appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the County Legislature.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This is a high-level professional position with full responsibility for directing, managing and regulating the Department of Health's delivery of public health services throughout the County pursuant to the powers and duties specified in Section 352 of the Public Health Law. Duties include promoting health, disease prevention, and ensuring the highest quality of health protection to County residents through environmental sanitation, communicable disease control, personal health services, preventive healthcare, and health education. Work is performed under general direction of the County Executive and in cooperation with the Board of Health. General supervision is exercised through subordinates over a large number of professional, technical and clerical employees. Performs related work as required.


Must meet the minimum qualifications set by New York State Public Health Law §225 and NYCRR Title 11:

  • A Commissioner of Health of a County shall be a physician who is currently registered to practice medicine in New York State and possesses two (2)years of experience in administrative practice, AND EITHER
  • Certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, OR
  • A Master's degree in Public Health or a related field.

DESIRED ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of responsible full-time Public Health experience.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: This position is considered to be a public officer. The holder of this position must be a United States citizen and a resident of Putnam County.


  • All appointments to the position of Commissioner of Health must be approved by the State Commissioner of Health.
  • Candidates who do not meet the education or experience requirements may be conditionally approved by the State Commissioner of Health for a two (2) year appointment (see NYCRR 11.11 for details).
  • Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, On-Call

SALARY RANGE: $202,000 - $218,000 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance



Applications and resumes may be submitted to the Putnam County Personnel Department by mail or email:

Putnam County Personnel Department

110 Old Route 6, Bldg 3

Carmel NY, 10512



in Putnam County Department of Health
Putnam County Jobs
Start date: As soon as possible
Reference: PC Comm Health
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Additional Information:

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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