New Assistant Health Director Has Been Here Before

Marisa Morello appointed as Bedford’s new assistant health director. Courtesy photo

Bedford’s new Assistant Health Director is no stranger to the town.

Marisa Morello, who began her duties last week, most recently served as a regional tobacco inspector, enforcing state and local regulations for 53 retailers and assisting boards of health with regulation updates in Bedford, Lexington, Concord, and Wilmington.

Simultaneously, she also was a tobacco compliance inspector for a cluster of Metrowest cities and towns as well as Burlington, conducting youth compliance checks in more than 250 outlets.

Morello, who was introduced at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Health, succeeds Katharine Dagle, who resigned almost four months ago to accept a position with the state Department of Public Health.

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The new assistant director is “getting to meet people and learning the lay of the land,” said Health and Human Services Director Heidi Porter at Monday’s meeting. The board voted to give her status as its agent.

Morello said as an inspector she has been impressed that “Bedford retailers really want to do the right thing.” Her local experience, she said, allowed her to “hit the ground running.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Emerson College and a master’s degree in public health from Southern New Hampshire University. She has 20 years of experience as a Pilates instructor.

Morello resides in North Reading, where she is a member of the Commission on Disabilities, a former member of the Middle School School Council, and has served as a volunteer community member with the Recycling and Mental Health Action Team Committees.

[Editor’s Note: An update was made to clarify Morello’s community involvement on July 27, 4 p.m.]

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