Deepa Joseph has been named the city’s new health director, replacing Dr. Andrew Dennis McBride, who retired.

Joseph served as the deputy health director for the city and has been serving as acting health director.

“Deepa is a leader in the field of public health — locally, statewide and nationally,” said Mayor Ben Blake. “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.”

Joseph attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in public health.

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

“I am excited to serve the residents of Milford in this new capacity,” Joseph said. “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.”

Joseph was chosen from 11 applicants for the position. Four of those applicants were interviewed by a selection panel, which included 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, 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 added.