The mission of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department (WOCHD) is to fulfill and promote society’s public health interest by assuring living conditions in which people can be healthy.
To accomplish this mission, basic public health services are delivered to and/or on the behalf of every resident of the City of Wheeling and Ohio County as resources allow. These basic public health services include the provision of communicable and reportable disease services, community health promotion services, and environmental health services.
The WOCHD is also committed to the ongoing core functions of public health; assessment of the community’s health needs and resources, policy development to address the health needs of the community, and assurance that the health needs of the community will be met.
Board of Health
The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health is a six member governing board appointed by the Wheeling City Council and the Ohio County Commission.
Board of Health members serve a five year consecutive term. The Board of Health is responsible for directing, supervising and carrying out matters relating to the public health of Ohio County. The Board of Health appoints and advises the County Health Officer.
Correspondence to the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health and any of its members may be sent to the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health, 1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 or e-mail us at [email protected]
|Tom Tuttle, RPh||County, 2 Magistrate||Democrat||6/30/15-6/30/20|
|Chairman, John D. Holloway, M.D.||City, 4th Ward||Republican||6/30/15-6/30/20|
|Mathew J. Wood, D.O.||County, 1 Magistrate||Republican||9/10/19-6/30/21|
|J. Laura W. Chapman, Esq.||City, 4th Ward||Republican||11/13/18-6/30/22|
|Chad Thalman||City, 1st Ward||Democrat||6/30/16-6/30/21|
|Elisabeth Slater, Esq.||County, 1 Magistrate||Democrat||3/12/19-6/30/22|
|William C. Mercer, M.D. Health Officer||non voting|
|Howard Gamble, MPH, Administrator||non voting|
|Name||Title||Office Phone||Cell Phone|
|Howard Gamble, MPH||Administration||(304) 234-3682||(304) 830-0420||[email protected]|
|Becky Beckett, RN||Nursing Director||(304) 234-3682||[email protected]|
|Lock Johnson, RS||Environmental||(304) 234-3682||[email protected]|
|William Mercer, M.D.||Health Officer||[email protected]|
|Beth Dowler||Nutrition Director||(304) 234-3888||[email protected]|
|Wayland Harris||Threat Preparedness Director||(304) 234-3682||[email protected]|
Employment & Job Openings
General & Permanent Positions
The Wheeilng-Ohio County Health Department, including the WOCHD-WIC Program hires through the West Virginia State Division of Personnel. Job Postings can be found in our office or on the internet at West Virginia Division of Personnel by clicking “State Government Jobs” then “How To Apply”. The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION EMPLOYER.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Closed for the following holidays:
- New Years Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- West Virginia Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- The day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve (1/2 day)
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve (1/2 day)
- Election day (May and November)