Board of Health


Linn County Public Health is governed by the Linn County Board of Health (BOH), which consists of five members appointed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The BOH supports the mission of public health by discussing health issues and concerns, soliciting input and sharing plans for public health with business and committee leaders, developing public health policies, assuring compliance with legal responsibilities and maintaining fiscal accountability.

Board Members (three-year terms)

NameTerm Expires
Karl Cassell, Chair12/31/2025
Tawnya Salsbery
Ben Rogers12/31/2023
Dr. Dustin Arnold
Erica Bernard


With the exceptions of July and December, the Board of Health normally meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Minutes are included in the listing as they are approved, which typically is following the next Board of Health meeting. 


Access Board of Health minutes and agendas in the County’s Agenda Center.

Board of Health Committees

Finance and Administrative Review

BOH Liaison: Karl Cassell

The Finance and Administrative Review Committee shall oversee the financial management of the Agency, and make recommendations for improvement to the Board as appropriate. Also, has responsibility for periodically reviewing the personnel policies of the Agency and making recommendations to the Board as appropriate. It advises the Health Director on personnel matters and recommends approval for all budgeted positions in the Agency. The Committee shall be advised by the Health Director of any personnel issues and grievances.

Policy and Government Relations

BOH Liaison: Tawnya Salsbery 

The Policy and Government Relations Committee shall have the responsibility for reviewing the annual work program and making recommendations to the Board as appropriate. It shall be responsible for evaluating all programs and services and recommending changes to the Board as appropriate. It shall oversee the Agency’s quality assurance measures. The committee shall be responsible for seeing that the Board develops an annual strategic plan. It shall review proposed Agency policies and make recommendations to the full Board. It shall consider the enactment of any Board policy or ordinance regulating the public’s health and make recommendations to the full Board.

Email the Board of Health.

Position Statements

April 26, 2023 Testing for Congenital Syphilis (PDF)

July 9, 2020 Racism as a Public Health Crisis (PDF)

April 8, 2020 COVID-19 Letter to the Community (PDF)