Mayor Don Wesely today announced his appointment of Bruce Dart as Health Director of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Dart, a Lincoln native, has been Director of the Health Department for the City of Independence, Missouri since 1999 and served two years prior to that as Director of the Grand Island-Hall County Health Department.
"Dart comes to the department with 21 years of experience in public health and excellent recommendations as an administrator and manager," said Mayor Wesely. "While we only advertised locally for the position, we were fortunate to attract someone with the desire to return to Nebraska. That interest in returning to our state and his outstanding qualifications, skills and professionalism make this a perfect fit."
Wesely also thanked Carole Douglas, Chief of the Public Health Nursing Division, who is serving as Interim Health Director until Dart takes over July 30.
"The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is the premier public health organization in Nebraska, and I'm very happy to be a part of this outstanding organization," said Dart. "I look forward to joining the efforts of the staff to ensure that our citizens live in a healthy community."
Dart worked for the Douglas County, Nebraska Health Department from 1980 to 1997 as a laboratory scientist, environmental health scientist, epidemiologist and administrator of sanitation control and childhood lead poisoning prevention programs. He was the 1994 Nebraska Environmental Health Association Administrator of the Year. He has a bachelor's degree in biology from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and a masters degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Health Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and evaluating all activities and programs of the Health Department. The Health Director reports directly to the Mayor. The Mayor's selection for Health Director must be confirmed by the City Council, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Health. The city received 14 applications for the position. "I know the Mayor had a difficult time choosing between the excellent candidates, and I believe he made an excellent choice," said Dr. Ed Schneider, Chair of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health. "I look forward to working with Bruce. I think he will be a dynamic leader who will work well with people in the department and in the community."
Dart's starting annual salary is $77,600.