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Jennifer L. Shortino appointed health officer for Sussex County

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Jennifer L. Shortino, Director of the Division of Health, was recently appointed Sussex
County Health Officer.

Shortino, employed by the county’s health division since 2005, is a licensed Health Officer through the State of New Jersey.

When asked how she felt about her recent appointment, Shortino said, “I am very thankful to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator for this opportunity to implement my experience and education to help prevent, promote and protect the public health of Sussex County residents and its visitors. I am honored to be the Health Director and Health Officer for Sussex County because I not only work here but I live here too.”

Shortino received her Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Studies and her Masters of Science in Environmental Health from Montclair State University. Throughout her career working for Sussex County, Shortino’s leadership, commitment, work ethic, and abilities have been clearly demonstrated through the achievement of four promotions in the past five years.

Shortino has an extensive expertise in public health with over 20 years of experience performing public health inspections and investigations, and the enforcement of relevant sanitary, environmental and public health laws, rules and ordinances. She has operated as the Manager of the Environmental Public Health Program, supervised staff involved in the County Health Division serving 24 municipalities and has been a Licensed Lead Inspector Risk Assessor since 2003.

“As a longtime employee with the Sussex County Health Division, Jennifer acquired a wealth of experience and demonstrated her passion for public heath by working her way through the ranks to earn this prestigious position,” said Deputy Commissioner Director Herbert Yardley. “Jennifer’s excellence in this field was evident by her ability to pass the Health Officer exam on her first attempt, a commendable achievement.”

The Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health provides Environmental and Public Health services for the county and 24 municipalities. Shortino supervises the daily operations of four offices under the division including Environmental Health, Public Health Nursing, Weights and Measures and Mosquito Control.

As a Sussex County resident for 18 years, Shortino is invested in the community in which she lives and committed to leading the division to provide the best environmental and public health services for all residents.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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