Customers can order vital statistics online, pay via credit card
By William K. Alcorn
The Youngstown Board of Health on Monday reviewed the applications of three health department administrator candidates who the board is scheduled to interview at a special meeting at 8 a.m. Nov. 13.
The board received six applications for the position and reduced the number of candidates to three at its October meeting.
To be interviewed are Erin Bishop, acting health commissioner since February 2011; Felicia Alexander, director of the Youngstown Office of Minority Health since 2008; and Dr. Joshua Morton of Niles, field event manager for Health Fitness Corp. since 2009.
“We expect to have a decision on the administrator position after the special meeting,” said Dr. Douglas Lewis, board president.
In the near future, he said, the board will begin the process to hire a health commissioner.
In other action, Bishop said customers of the district’s Division of Vital Statistics can now order 24/7 and pay for vital statistics, such as birth records, online.
Orders are placed through a remote call center and secure digital mail room.
Bishop said the department is also accepting non-cash payments for customers who visit in person.
Most major credit and debit cards are accepted, she said.
Customers often need their records quickly for legal, financial or other purposes, and this new technology allows the department to more quickly meet those needs, said Kristy Boyles, manager and deputy registrar.
For information on how to order certified copies of birth and death certificates in person, online or by phone, call 330-743-3333, ext. 202.