Kent receives lifetime award


Doug Kent, former administrator with the Gulf County Health Department, recently was honored for his achievements in environmental health.

Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 09:47 AM.

A hint for a celebratory gathering – make sure the honoree attends.

Former Gulf County health officer Doug Kent recently received a lifetime achievement award for his work in environmental health.

He just didn’t receive it the night it was awarded since he was not in attendance at the annual dinner for the Florida Environmental Health Association.

“I had no idea, I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said Kent, the current Bay County health officer. “Nobody mentioned it to me and I didn’t even attend the meeting.

“I told a friend of mine that was a meeting I would have liked to attend.”

The award, the Billy G. Tennant Award, recognizes the accomplishments, over a long period of time, of environmental health professionals.

Kent has over 30 years with the Florida Department of Health, all in Gulf and Bay counties, and has maintained his environmental health director certification even after being first appointed health department administrator in Gulf County in 1997.

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