Joplin’s former Health Director awarded Missouri’s highest honor from the MPHA

Joplin’s former Health Director was awarded the state’s highest honor from the Missouri Public Health Association. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Dan Pekarek

City of Joplin’s Assistant City Manager Dan Pekarek recently received the W. Scott Johnson Award. It’s the most prestigious honor presented by the Missouri Public Health Association to an individual for distinguished service in the field of public health in Missouri.

Pekarek started his career with the city of Joplin in 1986 as an Environmental Sanitarian. Eight years later he was promoted to Lead Sanitarian of the Health Department and in 1996, would be selected to lead the cities Health Department. A position that he would hold for 23 years. Pekarek helped lead Joplin through the 2011 tornado and was also named the city’s Interim Manager for 1 year, from March of 2019 to March the following year. Most recently Pekarek filled the role of Assistant City Manager from June of 2020 until today. Pekarek retires after a 35-year career with the City of Joplin. For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro

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