Watertown’s New Director of Public Health Has Private and Public Experience

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Watertown’s new director of Public Health comes to town with experience working in the public and private sectors.

Deborah M. Rosati began her new post on Feb. 23 after working 11 years in quality assurance/food safety with Legal Sea Foods including as the quality assurance officer since November 2008.

She also has plenty of experience working in municipal health departments. From 1989-2003 she worked as director of public health in Wayland, Everett, Lowell and Saugus.

Rosati earned a bachelor’s of science in health service administration and master’s of science in health administration  from UMass-Lowell. She also participates in the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association and served on the association’s executive board for the last 20 years.

“With Mrs. Rosati’s extensive experience and educational background, she will be able to enhance the Health Department’s delivery of services including assessment of community public health needs to determine program development; coordination of environmental health services and health education programs; as well as ensuring compliance with federal, state and local ordinances, regulations and Board of Health policies,” said Town Manager Michael Driscoll.

The selection of the new director of Public Health included chairman of the Board of Health Dr. John H. Straus and Personnel Director Gayle Shattuck who did preliminary interviews before sending finalist to the Board of Health to consider.


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