Cotati, CA – The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD) announced today the appointment of Phil Smith as its new District Manager.MSMVCD is a local public health agency serving the entire Marin/Sonoma area.It promotes health and well being by protecting the public from mosquito-borne disease though mosquito surveillance, control, and education.
Smith comes to the MSMVCD with a wealth of public and environmental health experience having worked as Director of the Department of Environmental Health for Santa Clara County. While there, he led programs related to the prevention, elimination and control of mosquitoes and other arthropods known to be potential carriers of infectious diseases, or presenting a public nuisance.“A healthy environment is part of what makes the Bay Area such a desirable place to live,” said Smith. “I am excited to join one of the most technologically advanced mosquito and vector control districts in the country, and to continue its great work in keeping our citizens safe, and ensuring they can enjoy the great outdoors any time of day or night.”
The retiring District Manager Jim Wanderscheid, will work closely with Smith over the next few weeks, in order to ensure a smooth management transition. Wanderscheid has served as MSMVCD District Manager for over 10 years, and under his leadership the District implemented cutting edge methods and equipment to detect mosquito-borne diseases, expanded its territory and services to cover the entirety of Marin and Sonoma counties, strengthened and maintained a solid financial base and completed a solar electric project to help offset costs. In addition, MSMVCD received the Sonoma County Employer Best Practices award and was recognized as a leader in creating employment for people with disabilities.
“We are fortunate to have such an experienced person taking the helm, while at the same time proud to have had 37 years of Jim Wanderscheid’s contribution to the District,” said board member, Tamara Davis. “Certainly, much of the District’s progress can be traced to his outstanding leadership” stated Davis.“Phil possesses a wealth of knowledge about vectors, the diseases they carry, and surveillance and control strategies,” said Wanderscheid. “I am confident in his ability to provide great leadership, quality work, improved service, reduced costs, and increased productivity for Marin and Sonoma Counties.”
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District is an independent special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease. All programs and services are funded through property taxes and provided to all residents in Marin and Sonoma counties.