City of Vernon California

Vernon Appoints New Director of Health & Environment Control

Press Release

VERNON APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

VERNON, Calif. (October 4, 2018) –The Vernon City Council  has appointed Fredrick "Freddie" Agyin as Director of Health and Environmental Control for the City of Vernon, effective October 15, 2018. His appointment was unanimously approved by the Vernon City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Mr. Agyin will replace Interim Director Vivian Nelson.

"I'm pleased that Mr. Agyin is joining the Vernon team, and I am confident that he is the right person to keep the momentum of our Health & Environmental Control Department moving in the right direction," said City Administrator Carlos Fandino. "Freddie will be able to leverage his extensive experience in public health and management to work closely with Vernon's business community to continue improving the quality of services we provide."

Continued Fandino, "I would also like to thank outgoing Interim Director Nelson for her work on behalf of the City over the last six months."

Mr. Agyin is currently the Director of the District Surveillance & Enforcement Branch of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees planning, directing, coordinating and managing administrative and operational activities, amongst other responsibilities. Mr. Agyin has worked for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health since 2012 in multiple roles. Prior to that, Mr. Agyin worked for San Bernardino County for five years, as an Environmental Health Specialist and then a Supervisor.

"I am excited to be joining the City of Vernon," said Mr. Agyin. "Vernon is a unique and vital economic engine in the region and has made great strides towards enhancing public health for the benefit of the community. I believe in the importance of Vernon and its vision for businesses, and I look forward to identifying opportunities to drive efficiency and productivity in the Health & Environmental Control Department. In the coming months, I plan to meet with the business community to learn more about its needs and concerns, and to better understand how the Department can serve as a collaborative partner in ensuring the health and safety of our city."

Freddie Agyin Biography

Freddie Agyin is currently a Branch Director of the District Surveillance and Enforcement (DSE) Branch at Environmental Health Division for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. The DSE branch comprises of twenty-nine District Offices and three Complaint Investigation Units.

The DSE branch is responsible for inspection and enforcement of public health laws at restaurants and markets, licensed housing and associated swimming pools at apartments and condominiums, temporary food facilities at community events such as fairs or carnivals, pet food stores, food warehouses, theaters, and self-service laundries. The DSE branch also addresses any general sanitation complaints such as refuse, sewage, and green pools, at private or commercial properties.

Mr. Agyin received a Master in Management from University of Redlands and Bachelor of Science from Cal State, Fullerton. He's a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and active member of National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and an associate member of California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH). Mr. Agyin also participates in several food safety policy committees.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California.  Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary.  The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.  Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County.  For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.