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Recruitment #18-005483-0003




MDH, Kent County Health Department, Chestertown, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Health Officer is the executive officer of the Kent County Health Department, leading a staff of 140 and administering an agency budget in excess of $9.5 million.

The Health Officer provides leadership in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating strategies to address community health needs; enforces laws and regulations that protect the health and safety of the public; assures residents have access to essential health services; monitors for, investigates and controls disease outbreaks; and, informs the public about disease prevention and promotes health behaviors.

The Health Officer directs and administers a wide range of public health programs and services such as population health, school health, medical adult daycare, disease control and prevention, environmental health protection, developmental disabilities, clinical services that includes a regional inpatient addiction and mental health crisis and recovery unit, disaster preparedness and response, and community based wellness and prevention programs.  The Health Officer coordinates programmatic activities with federal, state and local agencies, and, assures that the public health workforce remains competent.


Masters Degree in Public Health and two (2) years work experience in the field of public health, or Bachelors Degree and five (5) years work experience in the field of public health.


Desired candidates will have management experience in Behavioral Health.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689.  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251. 

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.



As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.