Newly Formed Southwest Suburban Health Department Aims to Improve Public Health Services through Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Departments

Merger of Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments

The Greenfield and West Allis Health Departments have announced their merger to form the Southwest Suburban Health Department. This decision was made with the aim of providing more efficient and comprehensive public health services to both communities. The merger received approval from the common councils of both cities, establishing a unified entity that will better serve the needs of residents.

The Southwest Suburban Health Department will be governed by a joint board of health under an intergovernmental agreement for a five-year term. Both cities, as well as state health grants, will provide funding for the new department. Mayor Dan Devine of West Allis expressed confidence in the merger, highlighting the long-standing collaborative relationship between the two departments. He stated, “The opportunity to formallyize our mutual approach to serving our communities through the creation of the Southwest Suburban Health Department will allow us to more strategically and effectively meet the needs of the public.”

Michael Neitzke, mayor of Greenfield, also emphasized the benefits of the merger, stating, “The unification of our public health department with West Allis will allow for a more streamlined and focused delivery of community and environmental health services to all residents we serve.” This move reflects the commitment of both cities to provide top-quality health services to their communities through a collaborative and efficient approach.

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