Matt Rhodes currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. He has administrative oversight for the department including human resources and administration, fiscal management, communications and technology integration. He also oversees the department's environmental health and regulatory enforcement responsiblities as well as emergency public health preparedness.
Matt began his public health career in September 1996 when he joined what was then known as the Jefferson County Health Department. He completed field work in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the HazMat Program, and the Food Hygiene Program. Serving in a supervisory capacity since December 2002, Matt has overseen operations in Public Facilities and On-Site Sewage, Food Hygiene and also served as the Environmental Division’s Administrator and Deputy Director.
Matt has a B.S. in Public Health from Cumberland College and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Louisville. He remains active in state and national professional associations including the Kentucky Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians (KAMFES), and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
Born and reared in Griffin, Georgia, Matt moved to Kentucky to pursue his B.S. in Public Health from Cumberland College in Williamsburg.After college Matt continued to pursue his love of football by coaching at his alma mater for four years.During a visit to Louisville during the ‘94 Kentucky Derby, Matt met his future wife and decided to relocate here a year later. Matt and his beautiful bride, Kelli, now reside in Oldham County on the family farm.