Health Board


  • Noon
  • 4th Monday of every month
  • Health Department
    420 Market Avenue N
    Canton, OH 44702
Name Position Expiration Date
Thomas M. Bernabei Board President No Expiration
James Johns Mayor Appointee 3/31/2024
Amy Lakritz Mayor Appointee 3/31/2025
Patrick Wyatt Mayor Appointee 3/31/2026
Steven Hickman Mayor Appointee 3/31/2027
Cleo Lucas Mayor Appointee 3/31/2028

Membership Requirements

There are no specific requirements for membership. In making appointments, preference is given to individuals who reside, own property, own a business, or work within the city.

Appointment Process

Five members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council. The Mayor of the City serves as the Board president.


The Board has the power to:

(a) Appoint a Health Commissioner as well as any public health nurses, clerks, physicians and other persons as it deems necessary and provided by law.

(b) Pass all orders and regulations it deems necessary for the public health and for the prevention of disease.

(c) Abate and remove all nuisances within the City.

(d) Compel the proprietors or owners or occupants or tenants of a property, house or building upon or in which a nuisance is to abate and remove the nuisance.

(e) Investigate any complaint or reasonable belief that an infectious or contagious disease prevails in any locality or house and on discovery that such disease exists, to send the person infected to the hospital.

(f) Recommend to Council such measures as it deems necessary to promote and secure the health of the City and to prevent the introduction of contagious, dangerous and infectious diseases.

Term Lengths

Five years


Members serve without compensation.


Canton Ohio Codified Code 1701 - Board of Health
Ohio Revised Code chapter 3707, 3709