MILFORD >> Mayor Benjamin Blake recently announced the appointment of Deepa Joseph to the position of Director of Health.

The Mayor disclosed that 11 applications for the position were received from which a selection panel chose four applicants to interview. The interviews were conducted by a search committee consisting of City Attorney Jon Berchem, Human Resources Director Tania Barnes, School Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser, Board of Health Chairwoman Dr. Constance Young, Board of Health member Holly Mulrenan, Clinical Coordinator for Southern Connecticut State University and former Director of Nursing for the City of Milford Joan Cagginello, and the City of Norwalk Health Director Timothy Callahan. Following the interviews before the panel, two finalists were referred to the Mayor for a second interview.

“Joseph distinguished herself as our first choice based upon her in-depth work experience as well as her strong commitment to the City of Milford,” Blake said.

Joseph served as the Deputy Health Director for the City and is presently serving as Acting Health Director.

“Deepa is a leader in the field of public health - locally, state-wide and nationally. She’s a team builder who has helped the department transform into a world class health agency. But what is most impressive about Deepa is her deep devotion to our community and her genuine compassion for the people with whom she interacts. I’m excited to have her at the helm of Milford’s Health Department,” said Blake.

Joseph attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Master’s degree in Public Health.

“I am excited to serve the residents of Milford in this new capacity,” said Joseph. “I look forward to working with the excellent staff at the Health Department and the community to ensure the health and safety of this great city.”

Deepa lives in Milford with her husband, Dr. Joby Joseph, and their two young children.