ST. JOSEPH — Guy Miller, who has served as the Berrien County Health Department’s acting health officer since November 2021, was promoted to the permanent position effective Thursday, June 9.
The Berrien County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Miller’s nomination at its June 9 meeting. Miller will continue to lead the 86 full-time staff budgeted to implement health service operations and advise public entities on public health best practices on an ongoing basis.
Since taking office, Miller has been instrumental in leading the county’s COVID-19 response and other programs designed to build a stronger, healthier Berrien County community.
“Over the past seven months as interim health worker, Miller has proven himself to be an intelligent and compassionate leader who is well equipped to serve the community in this role on an ongoing basis,” said the administrator of the County, Brian Dissette. “We are delighted to formalize his appointment and to work alongside Guy as he continues to expand the reach and programming of the health service.”
Prior to his appointment as acting health officer, Miller worked as an epidemiologist at BCHD for six years. He led several programs that analyzed local and national data to make the community a healthier place and collaborated with BCHD and other local health organizations on infection and disease prevention initiatives. He played a pivotal role as chief of the COVID-19 operations section, designing contact tracing programs, testing strategies and disease prevention measures in high-risk settings.
Prior to joining BCHD, Miller worked as a phlebotomist at Mercy Health Partners in Grand Rapids and was a volunteer medical assistant at Oasis of Hope.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree in public health from Walden University in Minneapolis.