SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – City manager Greg Burris has appointed a new director of health for Springfield-Greene County.
Clay Goddard will begin as director of health on November 12. Goddard has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department since 1996, starting as an intern and continuing his public health service in a variety of roles.
“It is an honor to be following in the footsteps of two local public health legends, Harold Bengsch and Kevin Gipson,” Goddard said. “I am humbled by the opportunity and excited for the future of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Our staff are second to none in their commitment and talent. I look forward to the great things we will do together.”
Goddard takes the reins of the Health Department from Kevin Gipson, who Oct. 9 announced his impending retirement after 24 years with the department and 13 years as director.
Goddard is the current president of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence.