Local government

Geddes resigns from top county environmental post

Malheur County Environmental Health Director Craig Geddes will step down from his post in July. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE – Craig Geddes, Malheur County’s environmental health director, is resigning from his post in July, capping an 11-year career at the courthouse.

Geddes, 43, said he is taking a job with the Oregon Health Authority but will remain in Ontario.

The environmental health director oversees food inspections, provides food handler training and certification, and oversees sewer system installations. The agency also manages the county’s landfill.

Geddes also spearheads any county response to disease, such as outbreaks of food-borne illnesses or major emergencies such as the Covid pandemic.

Geddes said he isn’t unhappy at his post but was presented with an opportunity he could not pass up.

“I’ve always had thoughts of moving into a state government type of thing and what . . .