Kenneth L. Carter, Assistant Health Director for Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division was honored with a 40 Year Service Award for his years of service in Public Health at their annual meeting in September 2017.

Mr. Carter began his public health career in Wilson County, NC in March 1977 where he worked in Environmental Health. In February 1978, he moved to Guilford County in Environmental Health where he inspected restaurants and other food handling facilities. In 1980, Mr. Carter moved into the Water Quality Program and became the supervisor of that program in 1984. In 1992, he became the Program Director for the Public Health Environmental Health Program. During his tenure as Program Director, ground water contamination was an important issue and the HERA (Health and Environmental Risk Assessment Program) was formed, which was the first local program in the state that addressed groundwater contamination and worked with the state and federal governments to get clean drinking water to residents with identified contaminated wells. Local on-site sewage rules were adopted during this time as well as local lead rules that lowered the action level of lead in a child’s blood that would require an environmental investigation. Guilford County’s lead rules were the first in the state of NC to be approved.

Mr. Carter moved to his current position of Assistant Health Director in 2006.

Other awards that Mr. Carter has received in his Public Health career are: Environmental Employee of the Year in 1988; Guilford County Manager’s Quality Award in 1998 and NCPHA Rankin Award in 2013.

The mission of Public Health reads: In partnership with the community we serve, the Division of Public Health shall protect promote and enhance the health and well-being of all people and the environment in our county. Mr. Carter has represented Public Health with very high standards for the last 40 years. His service has been highly appreciated and respected throughout his career!