LLHD Director of Health Announces Retirement Plans

Ledge Light Health District Director of Health Stephen Mansfield has announced plans to retire in July of 2023, after 25 years of distinguished service with the organization. Deputy Director Jennifer Muggeo, who has been with the health district since 2005, was appointed on Thursday by the District Board of Directors to step into the Director of Health role when Mansfield retires.
LLHD Board of Directors Chairperson Danielle Steward-Gelinas said, "It has been an honor and privilege to watch Steve successfully grow, develop and expand Ledge Light Health District during his tenure as Director. He has worked with our municipal leaders, staff, and community members to develop a robust district that is widely recognized for its success. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank Steve for his service and wish him all the best in his retirement."
Ledge Light Health District serves as the local health department for East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, New London,  North Stonington, Old Lyme, Stonington and Waterford, allowing those municipalities to deliver comprehensive public health services at a discounted rate achieved through economies of scale. The health district has served as a model for regionalization, with several towns joining under Mansfield's leadership. Member municipalities benefit from the depth of staff expertise and solid fiscal management of the regional agency and also receive direct support from Mansfield and staff, something Waterford First Selectman Rob Brule noted has been essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Steve's leadership and professionalism were crucial to the Town of Waterford's response to the diverse challenges of the pandemic. Whether coordinating vaccination clinics or mask distributions or helping inform the public, Steve and his great staff were indispensable to our most fundamental responsibility: preserving the health and safety of Waterford residents. We are profoundly grateful to Steve for his 25 years of service to the region and his exceptional performance during the region's most difficult health crisis in over 100 years."
Mansfield, who started with the District in 1998 as an Environmental Health Specialist said he has been honored to be a part of the Ledge Light team for the last 24+ years. "I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished during my tenure as Director. I am confident that I will leave the District in a good place, both programmatically and fiscally. Over the next 12 months, I will work with Jen Muggeo and the team to help assure that this transition is seamless and efficient. I have the utmost confidence in Jen's leadership and look forward to seeing what lies ahead for the District." To support these efforts, Mansfield added, the District will begin a strategic planning process this fall.
In her 17 years with the District, Muggeo's role has expanded from overseeing financial and administrative operations to designing and implementing public health programming. Muggeo holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health, which she completed while working at the District. "As we move forward as a district, I look forward to working with Jen. She is an active and strong supporter of equity and public health. During my tenure on the Board of Directors, I have had the unique opportunity to watch her career develop from a financial coordinator to Deputy Director. She is passionate about serving our municipalities and will be an asset to Ledge Light Health District as Director of Health. The Board is confident in Jen's ability to successfully carry LLHD into its next chapter" said Chairperson Gelinas.
Muggeo said she's grateful for the confidence expressed by the Board and Mansfield and excited about the future of the District. "Our work to contribute to Southeastern Connecticut being a place where everyone has the opportunity for health continues. I'm honored and thankful for the chance to serve my community alongside an amazing team of public health professionals," she added.