South Walton County Mosquito Control District (SWCMCD) has experienced many changes in 2019 which enhance its presence and commitment to the community. Director Harley Sampson, Jr. noted, “While the district has always been in the public’s eye, the staff is committed to better serving residents and visitors by participating in many of the area’s activities.” During June’s Mosquito Control Awareness Week, several employees manned educational displays; and in July, technicians Rich Clark and Mike Yawn participated in Grayton Beach’s 4th of July Parade, proudly displaying the district’s Buffalo Turbine and Pedego Bike. With the addition of a Public Relations Specialist, residents should expect to see SWCMCD more frequently at local area events.
“SWCMCD prides itself in encouraging employees to improve themselves,” said Director Sampson; and in order to keep up-to-date with emerging issues, staff members attend a variety of educational workshops and conferences throughout the year. District employees attended Public Health and Core training in July at the UF/IFAS extension office in Defuniak Springs, and four new employees proudly hold a Public Health Applicator’s License. While continuing education units are required to maintain these licenses, the district also holds regular in-service training that covers safety and personal development. Currently the district is going through the book, The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, to learn rules for fueling all areas of life with positive energy.
Earlier this summer, Sampson was promoted to Director, and one of the district’s first hires was Entomologist, Cami Adams. In July and August, Mike Yawn was promoted to Operations Manager and Hallie Oalde was promoted to Public Relations Specialist. Most recently, the district hired Cheryl Leitgeb as the new Administrative Assistant. Cheryl brings years of administrative and customer service experience and will be a great addition to an already stellar team.
With a busy summer coming to an end, the district looks forward to seeing what fall has in store. SWCMCD is committed to suppressing both pestiferous and disease-carrying mosquitoes; however, everyone plays an important part by implementing the 5 D’s of Protection:
- Drain – empty all containers in the yard.
- Dress – wear light-colored, long, loose clothing.
- Defend – choose good repellent such as DEET.
- Dusk and Dawn – avoid outdoor activity during these times.
Even though cooler temperatures are on the way, SWCMCD remains vigilant and will be active this fall trapping mosquitoes, treating storm drains, and monitoring mosquito-breeding habitats. Any questions or if anyone would would like an inspection, please call 850-267-2112.
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