Tony Gray was unanimously approved by council to be Baytown’s health director.
Gray had served as acting health director since his predecessor, Mike Lester, retired in February.
“We have allowed him to determine if he wants to stay and wants the job as well as evaluating what impact he can have in terms of improving the department and moving it into the next level,” said City Manager Rick Davis. “He has demonstrated his abilities to lead the health department, and I recommend the vote on his directorship.”
Mayor Brandon Capetillo congratulated Gray.
“From everything I have heard, it seems the citizens have received you well and I wish you the best,” Capetillo said.
Gray has been employed with the city’s health department for the past 18 years, serving the past nine years as the Assistant Director of Health.
Before working in Baytown, Gray worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin for five years, in the Operations and Enforcement division for the Manufactured Foods Division. he had also worked at the City of San Antonio Metro Health District for three years, beginning his career as a Sanitarian.
Gray has also served on the governing council for the Texas Environmental Health Association and is a member of the Texas Association of Municipal Health Officials.