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Jim Cogar

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 I have always been drawn to the outdoors.  Being an avid outdoorsman, I understand the value of the environment and the connection my job has to protecting both public health and our natural resources. 
Although my job can be very challenging at times, I very much believe in public service and the role I play within our community.” 

 

                                                                             

“Well, I need to give a shout out to my hometown.” Jim is a very proud native of Youngstown and Canfield, Ohio where he grew up playing four sports.  After graduating he received a football scholarship to the University of Findlay where he received his degree in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Management with a minor in Public Administration.  His degree and long-time interest in the outdoors set Jim up nicely to become a state licensed registered sanitarian after graduating from Findlay.  In 2002, Jim began his career with the Delaware General Health District (Ohio) where he specialized in private sewage and water systems.

Jim started with Union County Health Department in 2011 at his current position as the Deputy Director of Environmental Health.  Jim has been a longtime member of the Ohio Environmental Health Association (OEHA) and also serves as a sewage advisory committee member within OEHA. His knowledge of Ohio Sewage Laws has been instrumental in preparing Union County for the new Operation and Maintenance Program.

Outside of work, Jim stays very active with his two children, Kensie and Cru and their family dog, Bria. Jim’s passion for the outdoors and nature shine through with his love of hunting, fishing and golfing.  Jim's work duties often take him to every township in the county, so be sure to give him a big hello wherever you see him.
 
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