STEUBENVILLE — Anthony Mougianis is the newest member of the Jefferson County Board of Health.
The District Advisory Committee executive committee selected Mougianis to serve the remainder of the term left open by the death of Dr. Frank Petrola from a field of seven candidates after approximately 25 minutes in executive session.
“He is a well-know businessman in the community and is well respected,” DAC Chairman David Ramsey said. “He brings a business-type atmosphere to the board, which we hope will make the board better and well-rounded.
“I appreciate the members of the DAC coming out tonight and making a selection. We’re going to keep trying to grow our membership.”
Petrola died in November. Ramsey said it was imperative for the DAC to appoint a replacement to take pressure off the Health Department during the ongoing pandemic.
“With the pandemic, we wanted to get someone on the board to help ease what’s been going on,” he said. “We were without a (health commissioner) for four months. They have been jammed up with what their duties are. We are trying to make it a little bit easier on them.”
According to Ramsey, Mougianis will receive a new board member packet from the health department in the coming days and will participate in the January meeting of the board, set for Jan. 19.
The executive committee consisted of Ramsey, DAC secretary Scott Fabian, Jefferson County Commissioner Dave Maple, Saline Township Trustee Dan Householder and Toronto Mayor John Parker.
The executive committee was selected prior to the executive session due to a lack of enough members in attendance for a quorum. There were 14 members of the DAC present, three short of the required 17.
That led to a discussion about forming bylaws for the DAC to get more members to regularly attend.