DRACUT — David Ouellette, a senior code enforcement officer in Lowell, has been hired as Dracut’s new health agent — the top position in the town’s Health Department.
“I’m really looking forward at this time of my life to a new, exciting challenge, especially to be in a town such as Dracut,” said Ouellette, of Lowell. “I’ve always liked Dracut, I’ve always wanted to be a part of it. It’s a whole different atmosphere.”
Ouellette, who begins his new post in Dracut on May 14, is replacing Casey Mellin, who is moving on to another town. Mellin was hired after the 2015 retirement of longtime Health Director Tom Bomil.
Ouellette’s last day with the city of Lowell is May 11. His salary will be approximately $70,000, Town Manager Jim Duggan said.
Duggan said the town received 12 to 15 applications and resumes for the health agent position, and that he and his team interviewed four candidates.
“When I got here I wanted to diversify the position by addressing those neglected and dilapidated properties and I think with his experience, he works very well in the direction we’re going in. He works well with the building inspector and the team that’s there and with the other health inspectors. There won’t be a learning curve,” Duggan said.
“David knows the health codes and laws very, very well — extremely well. He’s got hands-on experience. He’s out there in Lowell, in the community, everyday and through peers and through conversations I’ve had with people in the community, he does his job very, very well.”
Over the past three and a half years, Ouellette has overseen inspections on food establishments such as restaurants and variety stores in the city of Lowell. He’s also been in charge of inspections on residential units.
As the founder of the Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood, otherwise known as ACTION, Ouellette is also heavily involved in community work. He also tried his hand at politics, having run for a seat in the state House of Representatives in 2014.
Teaching Dracut youth is one of Ouellette’s top priorities when he begins his new position.
“I’m looking forward to reaching them about the businesses and the different opportunities that they can get instead of getting themselves involved in drugs,” he said. “Once I get there, I’ll know more of the issues of Dracut and I just know that those issues are everywhere… children all need to learn about those issues.”
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