CLEARFIELD -- Brent Petersen, Davis Applied Technology College's vice president of operations, has been named the new chairman of the Davis County Board of Health.
The former South Weber mayor received the health board appointment Tuesday.
Petersen, 60, replaces Dr. Ben Tanner.
Petersen, originally appointed to the board in November 2008, had been serving as the board's vice chairman.
"The health department is one of those (departments) that impacts everyone's lives every day," Petersen said.
But when he first joined the board, he said, he never would have thought he'd be in the chairman position, because physicians generally head up the board.
Petersen has been with DATC for 17 years. Before that, he spent 10 years with Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College and was the former vice president of operations there.
Board member Dr. Gary Alexander has been appointed to fill the vice chairman's position being vacated by Petersen.
Other changes to the 10-member health board include members Brian Cook and Ron Garrison leaving their positions.
Garrison, after 10 years, wants to spend more time with a growing business he owns, while Cook and his wife have been called to serve a mission in Stockholm for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Davis County Health Director Lewis R. Garrett praised Garrison and Cook for the contributions they made in preserving public health.
He said Garrison was instrumental in helping the county through the H1N1 crisis in 2009, while Cook, a former Kaysville mayor, has always been willing to do the needed "footwork" for the board by hosting hearings and visiting area businesses to see firsthand what public health measures are being followed.