Michael T. Charley has been named Director of the Oak Park Department of Public Health. Charley, who had served as interim director since October 2015, will oversee an operation that is one of only four municipal health departments in suburban Cook County certified by the state to provide public health programming.
Prior to becoming interim director, Charley served as the Oak Park Health Department’s Environmental Health Supervisor, a role he assumed in December 2003. Before joining Village staff, he had been an environmental health consultant and worked for a number of local state-certified health departments including DuPage County and the City of Evanston.
Charley earned a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University. He also holds several professional licenses including being an Illinois Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner and an Illinois Licensed Lead Assessor.
First certified by the state in 1948, the Oak Park Department of Public Health provides a wide range of services, including health assessments, investigations and screenings, education, prevention services, case management, nursing, counseling and access to other community resources. Health Department staff also inspects restaurants, childcare and long-term care facilities and provides animal licensing and control services. In addition, the department oversees rodent control and the Oak Park Farmers' Market.
For more information on the Oak Park Department of Public Health, visit www.oak-park.us/health.