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Doug Sims

Environmental Manager

Okaloosa County Health Department

Crestview, FL 32539

Biography

Doug Sims currently serves as the Environmental Manager for the Okaloosa County Health Department in Okaloosa County, Florida. He began his career in Environmental Health in 1973 as a field inspector and was selected as Environmental Manager in 1981. His undergraduate B.S. degree was a double major of chemistry and biology, awarded in 1973. His Master of Public Administration degree was awarded in 1981.

 

He has worked closely with Okaloosa County Planning and Inspection department to revise county regulations for subdivisions and construction, utilizing smart growth concepts, with the goals of providing citizens with expanded public water and sewer service, increased walkways and green spaces, and the protection of the environment.

 

He has been selected to serve on the NACCHO Bioterrorism Committee, and is a member of the State of Florida Department of Health Bioterrorism Committee. He serves on the Florida Department of Health Environmental Health Advisory Committee.

What I Learned at EPHLI

I could scarcely imagine when I began the journey with EPHLI that so much would be accomplished in so short a period of time. Having been in public health for over 30 years, I thought I had been exposed to the majority of thought processes available. It is amazing how years can cloud the broadening of a horizon. Not only have I learned new concepts, new ideas on haw to approach problems and personalities and new ways of looking at thought and action processes, I have learned how important community partnerships can be and how Environmental Health can make a positive difference in the future of our county.

 

Learning of new ideas to handle and manage conflict from my coach has been a valuable learning experience I have shared with my peers and those I supervise. Through my coach, I have seen that while I cannot control others above me, I can learn to manage how I respond to them and how effectively I deal with pressure and conflict that inevitably comes with leadership responsibilities. I have seen the value of a mentor who sees where we are and encourages us to go to places never dreamed. I have seen that as a leader one of the most important roles I have is to be a mentor to those who work for me.