Board of Health

The Rockport Board of Health's mission is to promote and protect public health; the Board oversees health and safety concerns with respect to retail food establishments, septic systems, public beaches, semi-public pools, hot tubs, sanitary housing issues, recreational camps for children, disease surveillance and reporting, emergency preparedness, and more.

The Health Agent oversees aspects of environmental health including housing, water quality/safety of beaches and swimming pools, septic system installations and repairs, soil test witnessing, and health code violations.  

The Food Inspector handles establishment inspections, permitting, handling complaints or concerns, and ensures the safety of the food establishments.

The Public Health Nurse is responsible for disease surveillance, reporting, and patient treatment (if necessary) and works with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Animal Inspector assists with quarantines and is responsible for barn inspections as well as ensuring and reporting on the health of the Town's animals.

Office Hours 
Administrative Assistant:  Marianne Peters
Monday:       8 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday:      8 - 11:30 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.*
Wednesday: 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday:     8 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday:          8 - 10:00 a.m.
Office:   978-546-5000 ext 40222
(*with the exception of Tuesdays when there is an evening meeting; please call ahead)

Health Agent:  Leslie Whelan
Monday:   9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and by appointment
Tuesday:  9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and by appointment
Thursday: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and by appointment
Office:   978-546-3701

Food Inspector:  Laura Osmond
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and by appointment
Office: 978-546-5000 ext 40224
Cell:    508-284-2281

Public Health Nurse:  Regina (Jean) Ghidella
By appointment
Office: 978-546-5000 ext 40226

Animal Inspector:  Ali Thompson
Office: 978-546-3701
Fax:    978-546-5013

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Leslie Whelan Health Agent 978-546-3701
Marianne Peters Administrative Assistant 978-546-5000 ext. 40222
Regina Ghidella Public Health Nurse 978-546-5000 ext. 40226
Laura Osmond Food Consultant 978-546-5000 ext. 40224
Ali Thompson Animal Inspector 978-546-3701

Board Members

Name Title
Dr. Sydney Wedmore Chairperson
Dr. Russell Sandfield Member
Dr. Sydney E. Jimenez Member
Dr. Bruce Cohen Member
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