Thomas E. West
Environmental Health Services Manager
Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division
Thomas West currently serves as the Environmental Health Services Manager for the
He has worked in most parts of
In his current assignment in the Bureau of Special Operations and Administrative Support, he is responsible for information technology, geographic information systems, revenue collection and fee development, the financial budget, space acquisition, and policy development. He is currently spending most of his time on replacing the Environmental Health Management Information System with a web-based system to automate the inspection process and take the advantages in electronic technology.
Leadership Development Opportunities
Positively the number one experience from the Leadership Institute is learning from my fellow colleagues that we all have some of the same problems. It does not matter if you are on the eastern seaboard, inland bread basket, or in sunny
This project forced me to examine many of the behaviors I possess in managing my projects and handling staff. The lessons learned has advanced my ability to collaborate with other managers whose style does not match my own. I no longer push an assignment/task like a steamroller, instead collaboration yields better results. I really appreciate Lou Rowitz’ guidance in expanding my thinking and reading material.
The system-thinking approaches introduced in EPHLI has provided me with a better understanding of why some projects do better than others. The final class project in system-thinking made me realize there are many factors that need to be considered. Moreover, different approaches to a problem have both negative and positive outcomes.