Politics and the City: Board of Health 'dysfunction' gives some councilors pause

One of the first major recommendations made by City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. when he became Worcester’s chief executive in 2014, was to reorganize the city’s public health functions and change the Board of Health from an advisory board to a regulatory one.

It gave the board the power to deal with all local public health issues, effectively cutting the City Council out of the equation.

The move was hailed by its supporters because they said it would remove the politics that…

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