Cassville man takes helm at BCHD

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Roger Brock, of Cassville, began serving as the Barry County Health Department's new administrator on March 1. Brock has over 13 years of experience in public health.

"I enjoy working with people," said Brock. "I do a lot in the community along with the work I have done with the health department. I see public health as something interesting and challenging. There is never a dull moment in this field."

After graduating from College of the Ozarks with a bachelor of science in physical education in 1995, Brock began his career in public health at the local health department. He served as an environmental public health specialist in Barry County for four and a half years.

Later, Brock accepted an environmental public health specialist position at the Newton County Health Department. He served the neighboring county for over nine years and was promoted to the position of environmental department supervisor during that time.

"I live in Cassville, so this position gave me a good opportunity without such a long drive," said Brock. "It is also an advancement in my career. I was tickled that the Barry County Health Board gave me the opportunity to do this. I'm glad they had faith that I could do the job."

In his new position, Brock will oversee all of the daily operations of the Barry County Health Department's offices in Cassville and Monett.

"I have a good background in environmental services, but I will be learning many of the other aspects of the position," said Brock. "This is a new challenge, but I am home and happy to be here. I'm lucky to have a lot of good people with great skills working with me.

"The staff here is fantastic," said Brock. "They are all very good at their jobs. I am lucky that I will have the opportunity to learn from folks who have been here for a long time. They have made it easier for me to adapt, and they have all been very receptive to me joining the health department."

Brock hopes that the skills he has picked up while serving as assistant coach for the local American Legion Baseball team and coaching his daughter's girls basketball team will help him lead the local health department staff.

"I also know a lot of people in the state health department system," said Brock, "and I have some very good contacts."

Brock's father, Daryel, served as Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services environmental public health and safety unit chief until he passed away last year.

"I want to make sure the Barry County Health Department is a good community service facility," said Brock. "I want people to know what we provide here, and I want to have good communications with the public. We are here to help folks. That is our main purpose."

Brock lives in Cassville with his wife, Dede, and daughters, Paighton, who is a freshman at Cassville High School, and Raegan, who is a fifth grader at Cassville Intermediate School.

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