The Mesa County Board of Public Health voted in favor today of entering into an At-Will Employment Agreement with Xavier Crockett to be the next Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health.

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We’re excited to welcome Xavier Crockett as our new Executive Director,” stated Stephen Daniels, Board of Public Health Chair. “Xavier’s experience in public health, his creativity, and management skills provides remarkable tools to serve the public health needs of Mesa County residents. In addition, he demonstrated the importance of ongoing collaboration with the Mesa County health community.”

The search for a new Executive Director began in August. The search yielded candidates from across the country. The process included multiple interviews with the Board of Public Health. He also met with the management team and leaders in the health community.

The Board has significant respect and appreciation for the work of Todd Hollenbeck during the transition to a new Executive Director. “The Board feels that Todd provided a steady hand, exceptional competence, and effective leadership during a challenging time,” said Daniels. 

Crockett is currently the State Health Protection Director at the Georgia Department of Public Health following a decade of healthcare experience. Crockett is finalizing his Doctorate of Public Health through Walden University with an expected completion by the end of this year. He also received a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management from Philadelphia University.

“I am honored to serve as the new Executive Director of Mesa County Public Health. Together, we embark on a journey to shape the future of health and well-being in Mesa County, fostering innovation, collaboration, and a stronger, healthier community.”

Crockett will start on December 11, 2023. He will join the team during an exciting time, including the Community Health Needs Assessment process and the expansion of services at the Regional Laboratory. His local and state level experiences have prepared him for funding and implementing programs based on the needs of Mesa County. Crockett is also a trained epidemiologist and will lead with data-based decisions and evidence-based practices.