The primary function of the local public health official is to maintain contacts with state and regional health agencies and disseminate the information to the citizens of Auburn. As public health matters arise within the local jurisdiction the local health officer shall investigate and report to appropriate public agencies any immediate public health threats.
Common topics include:
- Drinking Water Quality
- Minimum Housing Standards
- EPA Lead Paint Renovation Laws
- Failed Septic Systems
- Public Health Notices
- Triple E & West Nile Virus Updates
- Child Care and Foster Home Inspections
Appointment of Health Officers (RSA 128:1)
State law defines the process by which local health officers are appointed. The Board of Selectmen in a town recommends an individual for appointment to the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Health Officer Liaison (HOL) on behalf of the Commissioner then appoints the health officer based on that recommendation. The Commissioner has the sole legal authority to appoint town health officers. Identification cards, certificates and letters of appointment are issued by the HOL. If there are any questions about a term of office, please contact the HOL. According to State of New Hampshire law, a recommendation must be submitted to the Commissioner within 15 days of notification by the Department. If a recommendation is not made, then the Commissioner may appoint a health officer.
Town of Goshen