Lars Seifert has been hired as the Environmental Health Services director for the Santa Barbara County and will join the staff Monday, a spokeswoman for the County Public Health Department said.
Seifert has extensive experience working in government environmental health programs in Imperial County and, more recently, San Diego County, where he served as the chief of the Land & Water Quality Division for the Department of Environmental Health.
In that role, he was responsible for fiscal, personnel and operational management and planning oversight of 14 distinct environmental protection programs and managed land development review, water quality protection programs, acquisitions, community plans and proposed public infrastructure projects.
In addition, Seifert coordinated messaging and operational responses to community health risks associated with wildfires, beach water quality impairments, safety of drinking water supplies and substandard housing conditions as well as sewage and chemical spills.
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