BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Board of Supervisors took time Wednesday to recognize Dr. Wayne Rouse for his years of service to the Boone County Board of Health. Rouse has been on the Board for 29-years and served 28-years as the Chairman. Rouse has resigned from the Board and will step down the end of June. The Supervisors will appoint Dr. Brian Melhaus to fill the vacancy created by Rouse’s resignation. Melhaus will complete the unexpired term to 2015.
Rouse noted that the law requires a licensed physician as the appointed member to the Board of Health and he says he is relinquishing his this year, since he’s been retired for 14 years. Rouse said he’s been pleased by the progress made by the Boone County Board of Health during the time he has served. He noted the number of nurses in Public Health and Home Health and Home Care Services. He also said there are a number of agreements that offer quite a few services in the Public Health area such as the Boone County Landfill which helps pay for some of the programs available through Boone County Health and Sanitation and MICA (Mid Iowa Community Action) which provides various services including dental health.
Supervisor Steve Duffy says Rouse has always gone out of his way to make sure health and public health matters are addressed quickly noting that recently he dealt with a communicable disease concern. Duffy said Rouse’s expertise will be missed, but Boone County is situated well to move forward with Dr. Melhaus.
Rouse will continue to serve on the DMACC Board of Trustees and the DMACC Foundation Board.