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Caneva promoted at city’s health department

Carl Caneva, environmental health division manager for the City of Evanston, has been named to the new position of assistant director of the Evanston Health Department.

Carl Caneva, environmental health division manager for the City of Evanston, has been named to the new position of assistant director of the Evanston Health Department.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says that in the new job Caneva will oversee planning, coordination and administration of a broad range of public health services including environmental health, food protection programs, lead poisoning prevention program, rodent control, beach water testing and surveillance, emergency preparedness and response, and communicable disease surveillance.  

He will also manage the integration of property standards code enforcement as that function is transferred from the Department of Community and Economic Development to the Health Department next month to work along side the city's environmental health inspection staff using what Bobkiewicz calls "best-practice public health inspection models."

Health Department Director Evonda Thomas-Smith, Bobkiewicz says, will focus on engaging community stakeholders and establishing partnerships to implement strategies to address community health needs.

Caneva has been the environmental health division manager since 2008. He began his career with the City of Evanston in 2004. 

He's a licensed environmental health practitioner, registered environmental health sanitarian, certified food service sanitation manager and instructor, licensed lead assessor, certified structural pest control technician and certified retail food inspector.

He has a master's degree in geography and environmental studies from Northeastern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in environmental health from Illinois State University.

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