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Galt’s Dave Brown to be recognized for mosquito control programs

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:00 am

When Dave Brown accepted a job with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, little did he know he’d stay for three decades.

At tonight’s Galt City Council meeting, Brown will be recognized with a formal proclamation for his 30 years of service. He will retire as the district’s manager on Dec. 31.

During his tenure, Brown developed one of the most ambitious, comprehensive and well-respected mosquito control programs in the nation, according to the Galt City Council, and worked to ensure and protect public health and safety for the more than 1.5 million people who reside within the district boundaries.

A decade ago, when West Nile virus was first found in California, Brown led the charge to educate area residents of its seriousness, especially given local residents’ close proximity to agriculture. He became a pioneer with the slogan “Fight the bite,” which increased public awareness of the potentially deadly disease.

In addition to his position as director of the local vector district, Brown has served as president of both the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California and the American Mosquito Control Association, and has long been involved in state and federal issues that affect mosquito control work.

Tonight’s Galt City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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