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.
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.