The Highland County Board of Health is the authority elected to oversee the activities of the Health Department. The Board meets monthly to discuss public health issues, address future expenditures and activities, determine regulation interpretations and enforcement, and perform other activities relating to community public health. Board minutes can be viewed by contacting the health department.

Current Board members:

John Holt: President

Robert McCray: Vice President

John Griffith

Julie Karnes, MD

Craig Edgington

Health Commissioner

The Highland County Health Commissioner is an individual hired by the Board of Health. The Health Commissioner is the day-to-day director of the Highland County Health Department.

Jared Warner, MEM, RS, is serving as Health Commissioner of the Highland County Health Department.  Jared has a background in environmental science, public health emergency planning, and healthcare emergency planning.  He lives in Leesburg with his wife Bridgette and three daughters.  


Environmental Health Director

Anna McCoppin, BS, RS, oversees the Environmental Health Division of the Highland County Health Department. She has led the health department through changes in food safety regulations, implementing new visibility initiatives, applied for and been awarded funding for household septic system improvements, and led the EH team through many other new programs and initiatives.  Anna is a Registered Sanitarian in Ohio, actively involved in the Ohio Environmental Health Association, the Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association, and other environmental health organizations.  


Director of Nursing

Bonnie Rusch RN, BS, oversees the programs of the Public Health Nursing Division.  Bonnie has background in maternal and child health in the local hospital setting, including newborn screenings, immunizations, and OB Department management. Bonnie has worked to increase nursing department visibility, increase clinic immunization rates, implemented efficiency measures for medical billing processes, and worked on many other areas to improve the public health nursing division.


Annual Reports:

2014 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report