Sabrina Novak named administrator of Hamilton County Health Department

Sabrina Novak, who became interim administrator for the Hamilton County Health Department in September, has officially taken over as Hamilton County's top public health official, according to a Tuesday news release from the department.

Novak replaces veteran administrator Becky Barnes, who retired this fall after a 41-year career at the department. Novak has been with the health department for more than 15 years as an environmental scientist, emergency response coordinator and director of administrative services, according to the release.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabrina has been serving as logistics chief, responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the community mass testing and vaccination sites. She has been working with community partners to ensure they have personal protective equipment, testing kits, vaccines and other resources for pandemic response," the release states.

Novak was recently appointed by Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger with approval from the county commission.