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

Kyle Arn, MS, RS, oversees the Environmental Health Division of the Highland County Health Department. He has led the health department through changes in food safety regulations, developing a health department mapping system, and implementing a new sewage system operation and maintenance program.  Kyle 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

Sarah Cooper RN, MSN, oversees the programs of the Public Health Nursing Division.  Sarah has  background in nurse education, oncology and physical/occupational rehabilitation.  She lives in Peebles with her husband Thomas and their son Jacob.  She is committed to promoting the health and wellness of Highland County residents.  


Annual Reports:


2014 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report