Department Retitle and Organizational Changes

On October 28, 2020 (2), the Board of Supervisors (Board) unanimously approved a proposal to retitle the Department of Environmental Health to the Department of Environmental Health and Quality and implement organizational changes. The proposal to retitle and reorganize the department is the result of an ongoing effort to review and evaluate Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG) organizations to improve the overall service delivery to the communities we serve.

Over the last several years, many LUEG departments have reviewed their structure, operations, and service delivery to the community, resulting in organizational changes. These departments include the Department of Planning & Development Services in 2012, the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2016, the Department of Public Works in 2019, and the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures this year. As part of these efforts, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) conducted a review of the department’s structure, operations, and services to the community. This effort resulted in DEH proposing to retitle to the Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) and implement organizational changes that are reflective of the broad spectrum of programs within the department, and help with implementation of programs, leadership recruitment, retention, and succession planning. These changes provide definition to the scope of the department leadership roles and allows the divisional level Director of Environmental Health to focus on the supervision of the environmental health programs, collaborate with the Public Health Officer, and provide input in state-wide environmental health policies and legislative issues, all functions consistent with state law. More focus in these areas provide opportunity to enhance public health and safety.

 

For more information regarding the proposal, please see correspondence and informational chart from County of San Diego Land Use and Environment Group Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Sarah Aghassi.

Email to DEH From DCAO 111220 -fullpage.pdf
Facts Regarding DEH Retitle and Organizational Changes 111220.pdf
 

Since this proposal includes ordinance changes, there is a requirement for a second reading of the item. On November 18, 2020 (9), the Board continued the second reading to December 9, 2020.

A summary of the ordinances is provided below.

  • The ordinance amending the San Diego County Administrative Code will retitle the name of the “Department of Environmental Health” to the “Department of Environmental Health and Quality.” The ordinance will also establish the position of Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Quality and define the duties and authorities of the Director of Environmental Health. This ordinance will retitle the Environmental Health Advisory Board to the Environmental Health and Quality Advisory Board. This ordinance will amend the appointing authority of the County Veterinarian. Lastly, this ordinance will make related updates to implement the forgoing.
  • The ordinance amending the San Diego County Regulatory Code will implement the retitling of the “Department of Environmental Health” to the “Department of Environmental Health and Quality.” This Ordinance will also define the duties and authorities of the Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Quality and the Director of Environmental Health. Lastly, this ordinance will make related updates to implement the forgoing.
  • The ordinance amending the Compensation Ordinance will retitle three (3) job codes/classifications in the unclassified service.