He started with the Health Department in the Environmental Health Division in 1979 and was promoted to the Environmental Health Division Director in 1985 and was then appointed the Public Health Administrator in 2001. He also Interim Public Health Administrator in 1999 and 2001
McNulty is the department’s fifth Administrator. He took over 1979, coming originally from Indiana. His degree is in Environmental Health.
He was promoted from within.
Ward Duel started the department in 1966. He was followed by Richard Wissel, Mike Bacon and Robert Murray.
“The Department has accomplished many things,” McNulty said, but he refused to take credit.
“Out staff does incredible things every day.
“I just happen to be in the position where I can facilitate the great things they do.
“Good things that have happened.
“We’ve come from a very small department to where we’re offering services in four locations (Woodstock, Harvard, McHenry and Crystal Lake).
“All of our programs have been expanded over time and have grown along with the growth of the county.”
Asked to pick one aspect of his department, McNulty pointed to the Public Health Emergency Response, which was established after 9-11.
“We used that planning with H1, N1 flu,” he said.
“We’re ready to do it again when the next emergency comes around.”
Will he escape the winter weather when he retires?
“I have no plans to move from this area,” he said.