Mayor Jackson Swears-In Key Leadership Positions within Department of Public Health

This morning, Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore-in Toinette Parrilla as Director of the Department of Public Health. Ms. Parrilla has over 20 years of healthcare experience. She most recently worked for the Illinois Department of Public Health where she served as Deputy Director over the Office of Health Care Regulation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Akron.

In addition, Ms. Parrilla is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has a Public Health Leadership Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Myron D. Bennett was sworn-in as Commissioner of Health and has been working in public health and healthcare for over 20 years. Mr. Bennett has played an integral role in the healthcare infrastructure of organizations working in such capacities as Residential and Commercial Code Enforcement Officer, Advocacy and Public Policy Consultant, Director of Community Programs and many others.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from St. Francis University and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Cleveland State University. He is an avid volunteer committed to the creation of equitable and just systems for healthcare access.

Mayor Jackson also swore-in Chantez Williams as Commissioner of Environment.  He has been employed with the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health for 21 years, most recently serving as Deputy Commissioner of Environment.

Mr. Williams, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Toledo, has more than 20 years of expertise in environmental health and is a Registered Sanitarian, a U.S. Veteran and a graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

After 17 years as an employee of the city’s Department of Public Health, Patrick J. Cusick was sworn-in as Deputy Commissioner of Environment. Mr. Cusick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hiram College and Master of Science in Public Health from Walden University.

He is a Registered Sanitarian with specialization in disease surveillance and communicable disease protection, environmental health, training development, implementation and management.

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