PRINCETON — Hector Gomez of Princeton has been named administrator of the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments.
Gomez had been serving in the role of interim administrator for three months prior to his appointment. He was selected from a group of more than 30 applicants locally and across the state by a committee of members of the Boards of Health of Bureau, Putnam and Marshall counties.
Gomez has been fiscal director and assistant administrator of the Bureau County Health Department for more than 12 years. In that role, he served not only Bureau County but also Putnam and Marshall counties, working closely with each office’s staff and all three boards of health.
Gomez has been responsible for the fiscal operations for the three county health departments and oversight of the grant programs as the fiscal agent. Gomez has been actively involved with the state association for local health department administrators.
“This was one of those lucky times where we were able to find exactly what we were looking for in-house,” said Pat Schou, Bureau County Board of Health chairwoman.
“The search committee spent many hours carefully considering many applicants and, at the end of the day, it was apparent that Hector was the best fit for leading our local public health agencies into the future,” she said.
In addition to his experience in public health, Gomez has been active in his community, serving as a police and fire commissioner for the city of Princeton and as a director of the Flags of Freedom organization. He also serves as an honor guard volunteer at funerals and ceremonies in the Princeton area.
Gomez is senior vice-commander of the Roger L. Eickmeier American Legion Post 125 and quartermaster of Princeton Post VFW 4323. He has served in the United States Marine Corps, active U.S. Army and the Illinois National Guard. While in the National Guard, he served a one-year deployment in Iraq.
“I would like to thank the search committee and the boards of health for their confidence in me and for this opportunity,” Gomez said. “I look forward to addressing the public health needs of our counties with our talented and dedicated staff working together under the guidance of our boards of health.”
Gomez lives in Princeton with his wife, Peggy. They have two children, Hector, a junior at Northwestern University, and Margarita, a freshman at University of Illinois at Chicago.