Member Spotlight 
Member Spotlight: Bill Alsup
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:16am

For more than twenty-three years, Bill Alsup has dedicated his professional career to safeguarding public health.   Bill graduated from Texas A&M in 1994 and received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Texas In May 1999.  He began his career with the City of Dallas in April 1995 as an Environmental Health Specialist conducting food safety inspections.  In 1996, Bill decided that he wanted to expand his professional knowledge beyond food safety and began working for the City of Richardson.   Bill’s motivation led to more experience in all aspects of public and environmental health including hazardous material response and water quality, Air Quality, vector control, and animal services.  With Richardson, Bill has held the roles of Environmental Health Specialist, Senior Environmental Specialist, Environmental Supervisor, and Environmental Health Manager.  His professionalism and continued initiative for learning was recognized and he was promoted to Assistant Director, Acting Director and in 2009 assumed the role as Director of Health.  In his role as Director, he oversees the operational divisions of Environmental Health, Water Quality, Animal Services, and the City’s Childhood Immunization Clinic

Bill has demonstrated a keen ability to meet the challenges of being an effective leader.  Through his leadership the department runs more efficiently, provides more opportunities to engage the community and citizen’s and integrates more innovative processes.    

While service needs expanded but staffing levels remained unchanged, Bill has still found ways to run an efficient department.  He has enabled his staff with complete remote capability including access to the City’s network and databases improving work efficiency and maintaining continuity of operations.  He has developed public private partnerships to expand the scope of services in the Vector Control Program, while improving efficacy and efficiency of City staff, with nominal increase in costs.  He has increased transparency by making health inspection reports, applications, mosquito control activities, and safety data sheets available to the public online.  And he led an effort to digitize water quality data using a customized mobile phone app increasing the usability of the data for compliance.

Bill encourages his staff to take creative approaches on engaging the community and citizen’s.  Under his leadership the department has hosted a successful childcare workshop providing required training for over 240 commercial and home based childcare providers.  Also, under his leadership the Corporate/Community Environmental Partnership Program was initiated to increase participation in environmental clean-up activities.  The department also hosts an annual clean up event “Trash Bash.” That typically enjoys over 1000 participants.   These clean-up activities empower businesses, civic, community groups and citizens to help keep Richardson clean. Bill coordinates with Richardson’s Communication Department to produce educational videos for our website and for use on social media.  Bill also encourages his staff to participate in training that will benefit their own professional development. 

Bill aspires to integrate innovative ideas and approaches that can benefit the community or staff.  He worked with Yelp and was able to get the food inspection reports linked to the Yelp restaurant reviews.  Bill and his staff worked with Univar making Richardson the First city in North Texas to initiate a trial use of innovative In2Care mosquito control devices developed by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  These devices were strategically deployed in several parks and trails in nature areas and at several residential homes to provide ongoing mosquito control with low staff effort.

Bill has developed partnerships with local and national Non-Profit Organizations to provide monetary and in-kind donations to the Animal Services and purchase equipment and services not covered under the City’s Budget.  Recently, he secured a $250,000 donation for the construction of an in-house animal medical clinic to be added to the Animal Shelter and a $35,000 donation for a mobile adoption trailer.  Bill worked with Animal Services to help develop the Corporate Friends of the Shelter Program whereby the Shelter makes the adoption trailer available for on-campus corporate events such as employee appreciation celebrations or open houses. these companies also assist in publicizing adoptable animals with their corporate communication channels.   During his tenure he also encouraged the development of an Animal Services volunteer program that now regularly sees over 5000 volunteer hours given annually. 

Not only has his leadership proven to provide efficiency, community engagement and innovation, Bill strives to empower his staff to be creative and is always open to new ideas.  He treats his staff with compassion and respect and can always find a way to make you laugh.  Bill is committed to providing superior service to the community and his staff. 

Bill is a Registered Sanitarian with the State of Texas, he has a noncommercial political pesticide applicator license, serves as President of the Texas Association of Municipal Health Officers, an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League; serves as the Environmental Chair of the Dallas County Public Health Advisory Commission, serves as President Nominee for the Richardson East Rotary Club, Continues to serve on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Institutional Biosafety and Chemical Safety Committee at the University of Texas at Dallas, has served on the board and as President of the North Texas Chapter of TEHA, has served as Secretary of the North Texas Chapter of TEHA, and has served on the Governing Council for the State Chapter of TEHA.  He is a member of TEHA, TML, TAMHO, ICMA and TPHA

Bill is a proud father and husband.  He and his wife of 23 years Heather have three boys.  His, 19-year-old son Harrison is a freshman Chemical Engineering Major at Tulane University and enjoys technical theater design.  His 15-year-old son Zachary is a drummer in the High School Band and the drummer in an alternative rock band that recently performed at “Wildflower” Festival.  His 12-year-old son Sullivan is the aspiring chef of the trio.             

Bill enjoys working on old cars, trucks, and motorcycles in his spare time and is currently restoring wife’s ’62 Karmann Ghia and his old Harley Davidson.