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Christopher Rinn, Acting Commissioner

Governor Chris Christie named Christopher Rinn Acting Health Commissioner effective November 9, 2017.

Rinn joined the Department in 2010 as Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness (PHILEP) and has more than 28 years of experience in public health, healthcare and emergency services. He coordinated the Department’s emergency response to Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, Super Bowl XLVIII and Pope Francis’ visit to the area. He managed a $101 million budget, including the Office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which oversees more than 30,000 EMS providers; the EMS Task Force; the Office of Local Public Health; the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Operations; and the Public Health and Environmental Laboratories, which conducts 5 million tests annually and includes a bioterrorism lab.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Oversight of the construction, completion and transition of a 220,000 square-foot, $160 million state-of-the-art public health and environmental laboratory. The laboratory houses one of the most robust newborn screening programs in the country.
  • Integration of a culture of Continuous Quality Improvement across all Offices within the Division
  • Creation and development of a Division-wide strategic plan including electronic, comprehensive key performance indicators for all Offices within the Division

Prior to joining the Department, Rinn served as Jersey City Medical Center's executive director of emergency medical services and governmental affairs and served as an EMT/Paramedic for six years. He responded to the 1993 and 2001 bombing attacks on the World Trade Center and worked with the New York Fire Department to coordinate New Jersey EMS resources.

He is actively involved with various associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Association of State & Territorial Health Officials. He is also a trustee for Community YMCA. 

Rinn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Columbia University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He, his wife and two children live in Fair Haven.

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Mailing Address:
Department of Health
P. O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Phone: (609) 292-7837
Toll-free in NJ: 1-800-367-6543

Physical Address:
Department of Health
369 South Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08608-2308
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Last Reviewed: 11/8/2017

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