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About our Health Officer

Citrus County Health Department

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Aaron B. Otis, MPH
Interim Administrator
Florida Department of Health in Citrus County

Aaron B. Otis, MPH Interim Administrator Florida Department of Health in Citrus County

Commander (CDR) Otis is a direct assignee to the Florida Department of Health and serves as an executive public health advisor. Currently, CDR Otis serves the Department as the Assistant Deputy Secretary within County Health Systems. In this role he supports the County Health Departments in the implementation of the four core pillars of public health: Environmental Health, Communicable Diseases, Community Health Services and Emergency Preparedness. In May2023, CDR Otis was appointed Interim Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County, where he serves in concurrence with his Assistant Deputy Secretary for County Health Systems role.

Prior to this role, CDR Otis supported the Bureau of Preparedness and Response by focusing on preparedness at the local level and public health integration with healthcare coalitions. During response he served as the State ESF8 Emergency Coordinating Officer which oversees the protection and stabilization of the public health and medical system. CDR Otis previously served with the FDA at the Detroit District Office as a Consumer Safety Officer and worked at a county health department as the Northwest Ohio Regional Public Health Preparedness Coordinator.

CDR Otis has earned several professional credentials including Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), Florida Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (FCP), Florida Registered Environmental Health Professional (REHP), and NEHA Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS). CDR Otis holds a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health from the NW Ohio Consortium for Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Personally, CDR Otis is supported by his wife and two adult children. When not responding, he enjoys getting outdoors and is a soccer fan.