Job Description

Commissioner of Health Job 3040 (Administration)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014. Vision: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation. Mission: Helping Lexington be well. Values: We commit to being... Caring: We will treat our clients, community and coworkers with compassion and kindness. Accountable: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness. Respectful: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness. Equitable: We will provide services and care equitably to all of our clients throughout the community. Service: We are here to serve our clients and community. LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit to learn more about LFCHD!

Job Skills / Requirements

Seeking energetic, enthusiastic, and innovative forward thinking Commissioner of Health to complement talented and supportive executive team. Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is the second largest city in Kentucky. The health department has approximately 170 employees with a professional and fiscally sound reputation.  This is an opportunity for the right person to have the ability to make a huge difference in the community. 

The position is non-merit, exempt, full-time 40 hours per week with full comprehensive and generous benefits package.  LFCHD participates in the Kentucky Public Pensions Authority plan with additional Kentucky Deferred Compensation optional plans. LFCHD prides itself on work-life balance.  Salary is $230,000 annually. 

Highly desired qualities include excellent decision-making skills, gifted interpersonal skills, on-camera media skills and comfort with public speaking, as well as someone who is approachable and down to earth. 

As Chief Executive Officer, the Commissioner, subject to the approval of the Board of Health, is responsible for leadership, general oversight and direction of all planning, organizing, and directing all activities of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. 

Qualifications include: 

  • Valid Kentucky medical license pursuant to KRS 212.635 or is eligible to obtain a Kentucky medical license; valid DEA certification; Board certification by an appropriate American medical specialty board (preventive medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, or other). 
  • Medical Doctor's degree required with; Master's Degree in Public Health and five (5) years of appropriate experience. Master's degree in other health related fields, Master's of Business Administration, or an additional five (5) years of appropriate experience will substitute for the required Master's Degree in Public Health.  
  • Applicable experience in public health, preventive medicine, and/or public administration. 
  • Must have one (1) or more years of supervisory experience. 

Please contact to learn more about additional requirements. 

Candidates may apply directly online at



Education Requirements (Any)

Medical Doctor's degree

Certification Requirements (All)

Medical license

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and some part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals). Employee benefits summary: Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account. Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month. Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive. Additional benefits include basic life insurance and long term disability; cafeteria plans; wellness program, employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and tuition reimbursement program. Retirement Benefits include the Kentucky Employees' Retirement System and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance, Wellness program(s)

This job reports to the Board of Health

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Relocation is negotiable

Number of Openings for this position: 1