CJ Oliver New Aspen Environmental Health Director

Press Release


CJ Oliver New Aspen Environmental Health Director


Contact:  David Hornbacher, Director of Utilities and Environmental Initiatives, 429-1983 or david.hornbacher@ci.aspen.co.us and CJ Oliver, Environmental Health Director, 920-5008 or cj.oliver@ci.aspen.co.us


Aspen, Colorado – February 1, 2012– The City of Aspen is pleased to announce it has promoted Senior Environmental Health Specialist CJ Oliver to the post of Environmental Health Director.  After a nationwide search Oliver was chosen from 37 applicants for his experience, leadership and vision.


“We welcome him into this new role,” said David Hornbacher, Director of Utilities and Environmental Initiatives at the City.  “CJ has been an integral team member of the Environmental Health Department and we believe he will provide quality leadership as the department moves forward.  Additionally, he has knowledgeable, skilled and agile team members to work with in the department.”


Oliver is taking over for Lee Cassin who retired last month after 33 years with Environmental Health.  Oliver has worked for the City for a decade and said he is excited for this opportunity to advance the City’s public health agenda.  “We have been exceptional at being innovative and cutting edge with the way we approach emerging and other environmental health issues,” he said.  “I look forward to continuing to set an example and be the community other cities look to model.  We have such innovative programs such as our reusable bag program, recycling and composting programs.  Additionally I feel very fortunate to work in a department with such talented and dedicated staff already on board.” 


The City’s Environmental Health Department is charged with policy development and implementation for environmental and public health issues such as food safety, disease prevention, air and water quality, land use, and sustainability.


“Most people aren’t as aware of the active role we take in protecting people’s health and our involvement in disease prevention.  Most people know about our sustainability issues.  I look forward to finding more ways to blend the two, like getting composting into restaurants,” Oliver said.


Oliver takes over immediately.  The City will be hiring someone to fill the Senior Environmental Health Specialist position.  Complete descriptions of both jobs are at www.aspenpitkin.com.


Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2012