GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission recognized Health Officer Janis Goedeke for receiving an award from the Kansas Public Health Association at their regular meeting Tuesday.

KPHA selected Goedeke for the Dorothy Woodin Award in September, and the commissioners showed their appreciation Tuesday. The Dorothy Woodin Award is given to a public health nurse for outstanding public health nursing services.

Goedeke has worked for the Crawford County Health Department since 1989 and served as health officer since 1996.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be recognized,” Goedeke said. “This would not have been possible without the support of the board of commissioners and Rick Pfeiffer.”

At one point in her career, Goedeke was selected to lead the state in public health, and this year she is being recognized as one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction.

“I’ve been very blessed in my career,” she said. “It’s also very hard to lead with no one to follow, and we have an great staff at the county health department.”

In other business, the commissioners:

Approved the transfer of $300,000 from the Road and Bridge fund to the Equipment Reserve Fund,

Passed a resolution to adopt a new smoking policy banning smoking in county vehicles and equipment,

Discussed a resolution to adopt updated drug testing and sick leave policies, and:

Looked at quotes for dump trucks from Tri-State Truck Center in Joplin.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.