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Christopher Merkel, HO

Christopher Merkel is the current President of the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials,(NJACCHO) and Health Officer for the Monmouth County Department of Health. He has 25 years of experience in the Public Health field and has worked for 3 different counties in the state. Previous employments include the Salem County Department of Health and the Camden County Department of Health. Christopher has experience working as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, a member of the Camden County Hazardous Materials Task Force as a haz-mat technician and specialist and has experience in emergency preparedness and response.

In addition to his work at the Monmouth County Health Department, he teaches at the Rutgers seven week Environmental and Public Health course for aspiring Registered Environmental Health Specialists. He specifically teaches the County Environmental Health Act and Public Health law sections of the course.

He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from William Paterson University and a Masters of Public Health from the Rutgers School of Public Health,(formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). He has been recognized by many organizations including a county service award from the New Jersey Association of Counties and a joint legislative resolution from the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly for his continued Public Health work in Monmouth County and across the state.

Christopher is a member of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO) and the New Jersey Environmental Health Association (NJEHA).