MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Health named Julia Miller as the new health commissioner at its monthly meeting Wednesday.
Miller grew up in Mount Vernon and is a 1975 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She will officially take over commissioner duties on Sept. 20.
She brings a wealth of experience in the health field including her experience as an administrator and public health professional and nursing educator.
She has served as the director of nursing at the Union County Health Department in Marysville since 2009. Prior to that, Miller was an assistant professor at MedCentral College of Nursing from 2005 to 2009, served as a nursing clinical instructor at Otterbein College, director of nursing at the Morrow County Health Department in Mount Gilead and a public health nurse at the Delaware County Health Department.
Among her accomplishments are serving as a consultant with The Ohio State University College of Nursing; being certified in disaster, emergency and shelter care with the American Red Cross and being named Ohio Department of Health Woman of the Year 2001.
“I liked growing up in Mount Vernon,” Miller said. “It’s completely different looking when I drove through than it did so many years ago. It’s fun and exciting to come back.”
Coming back to Mount Vernon was one of the major factors in her decision to take the job.