Oak Bluffs hires new health agent


After an extensive search, Oak Bluffs has a new health agent, Adetokunbo Solarin. Mr. Solarin, a certified sanitarian, was previously the city sanitarian for Lynn; prior to that he worked for the Watertown health department for three years. He has a master’s degree in public health from Illinois State University.

“He’s highly professional and has a nice way with people, so we’re very confident with our Health Department programs moving forward, and we look forward to his working one-on-one with local businesses and residents to build partnerships in helping to safeguard public health in our town,” town administrator Robert Whritenour told The Times in an email.

“He’s highly qualified, and we’re getting him at a good time, so he can be ready for the season,” health board chairman William White said. “He’s going to move to the Island, which we found preferable to the other final candidates, who were going to commute from off-Island.”

Mr. White said former health inspector Shirley Fauteux will continue to perform Title 5 septic inspections until Mr. Solarin is Title 5 certified. “He’s worked in urban areas, so septic was not an issue, but we expect him to be certified in April,” he said.

Mr. Solarin’s salary is $70,741 per year.