Health Department Administration (906) 475-9977

Health Officer

Jerry Messana, MPA
184 U.S. 41 East
Negaunee, MI 49866

Health Officer Jerry

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The Marquette County Health Department is the unit of county government mandated by state law to maintain the health of county residents, prevent disease, and protect individuals from environmental hazards. Our homepage is intended to give our citizens and the public information regarding current health issues, the services offered by the Department, and the health status of our community. In addition, through this homepage you can access other websites offering a variety of health information and data. We look forward to receiving your comments or suggestions on how we can make this website more useful to you.

Jerry Messana, MPA., Health Officer

Jerry Messana became the Administrative Health Officer for the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD) in March of 2015. He previously held the position of Administrator at MCHD.

Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration-Accounting, from Michigan Technological University. He has his Masters of Public Administration, with a focus on healthcare from Northern Michigan University. Jerry received his Graduate Certificate in Public Health from Michigan State University in May of 2017.

Before working for the health department, Jerry has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, and Controller at other healthcare facilities in Marquette County.


Medical Director

Robert J. Lorinser, MD, MPH, MSW  

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Dr. Robert Lorinser accepted the position of Medical Director for the Marquette County Health Department in November of 2020.  Dr. Lorinser is a Family Medicine Physician and spent numerous years practicing medicine in Marquette.  He spent 2011-2020 working for the State Department and living overseas.  His recent retirement from the State Department has brought him back home to Marquette County.

Dr. Lorinser also provides medical director services to Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties, Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.       

Administration Staff

The Health Officer is assisted in managing the Department by Division Directors, a Finance Officer, and support staff within the Administrative Services Division.

These individuals perform or supervise agency-wide activities such as budgeting, financial management, human resources management, accounts payable, payroll, data processing, planning, evaluation and resource development.  These administrative functions support all other Health Department staff and programs in their efforts to serve clients as effectively and efficiently as possible.