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Health Board Appoints Interim Health Commissioner

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  Original Published: 7/30/2013The Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department Board of Health has appointed Martin Tremmel to serve as the Interim Health Commissioner. The board announced the decision at their special meeting Monday night at the health department. Tremmel has served as the the deputy director for the Ohio Department of Public Health since 2008. Tremmel will carry out the responsibilities of current health commissioner Stan Saalman who is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues regarding a dispute that allegedly turned physical between Saalman and another health department employee. Health Board president Don Bartlett said Tremmel has more than 20 years of experience in public health. "He's a well respected individual in the public health arena within the state of Ohio. He can implement policies and procedures. He's known as an agent of change," Bartlett said. Tremmel previously served as the health commissioner for Huron, Seneca and Union counties, and worked as an infection control health educator in Erie County. Tremmel is a graduate of Ohio State University, Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Tremmel said he will work hard to gain the trust of the Health Board, staff and the community. "I will listen to the staff, the community and most importantly the Health Board to start implementing recommendations they collectively feel are necessary for the betterment of the citizens of the county," Tremmel said.   Bartlett said the appointment of Tremmel was necessary to remain in compliance with the Ohio Revised Statues and requirements of grant funding sources. He said with the leadership of Tremmel the Board of Health believes there will be no disruption of Health Department services. He said the board is hopeful that the on-going investigation involving Saalman will conclude quickly.  According to a Richland County Sheriff's report, the incident involving Saalman and occurred on July 11 at the health department office, 555 Lexington Ave., over a video camera that was reportedly pointed at the women's restroom. Health department employee and president of the health department's local union chapter, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3469, Jennifer Frazier, told authorities, Saalman confronted her about a complaint letter she sent on behalf of the union to the Health Board on June 28, regarding the camera that was found on June 19. The letter stated the person responsible for the survelliance camera should be found guilty of voyeurism. The letter also cited a sexual harrassment case involving one of the managers at the health department and this incident could contribute to what would be considered a hostile workplace. In the letter Frazier said the camera was taken down after employees complained. According to the sheriff's report, Saalman was upset about the letter and asked Frazier to come inside the women's restroom to see if she could see a camera. When she refused Frazier said Saalman screamed and shoved her into the open restroom door. After the incident Saalman left the office and did not return. Saalman's paid administrative leave was effective July 22. The Health Board has hired a Columbus law firm to investigate the matter. Health department officials showed WMFD-TV where the camera had been placed, inside the Information Technology office across from and down the hall from the women's restroom. The vantage point would make it impossible to see anyone using the facilities, even if the door was standing wide open.
   
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