Board of Health

The Defiance County Board of Health is the governing body of the Defiance County General Health District. The Board of Health meets monthly on the second Monday of the month. It is the board’s responsibility to appoint the health commissioner, adopt rules and regulations, enact policies, adopt annual budget, hire staff, evaluate the goals of the agency, and develop programs. The Board is required to enforce specific sections of the Ohio Revised Code 3709 and the Ohio Administrative Code 3701. The Board of Health has five members who are appointed for five year terms by the District Advisory Council, a body consisting of elected officials from cities, villages and county government.  Each member represents a different section of the county. 

Board Members

Dr. William Richter, Board of Health President

Mr. Daniel R. Michel, Board of Health Vice-President

Ms. Beth A. Smith

Ms. Tina VanderMade

Ms. Deb Hench

2024 Board of Health Meetings

All Board of Health Meetings are held at the Defiance County Health Department, 1300 E. Second St., Defiance.  Anyone needing special arrangements is encouraged to contact the Health Department at 419-784-3818.