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Administrator's Bio

Florida Department of Health in Columbia County

Tito Rubio, Interim Administrator 

Tito Rubio, Interim Administrator

Ernesto G. Rubio, MPH, CPH
Interim Administrator
Florida Department of Health in Columbia/Hamilton County 

Mr. Ernesto “Tito” Rubio is currently serviing as the Interim Administrator for Columbia/Hamilton County until a new administrator has been selected.

Mr. Rubio also serves as the full-time Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County, a post held since December 2015. Overseeing a staff of 85, with a budget of over $8.1 million, the agency serves a combined rural and metropolitan population of approximately 142,000 residents.

Before coming to Citrus County, Tito served as the Chief Financial Officer for Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County starting in 2014. Continuing a distinguished 13 year career with the department, Tito previously served as Administrative Services Director, Field Support Trainer for Florida Department of Health from 2006 to 2014, and as Business Manager for Florida Department of Health in Indian River from 2002 to 2006. A proven leader and organizational strategist, he is retired from the military with 9 years of service in the U.S. Navy and 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tito earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Chapman University in 1986, and completed his Master in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2013. His interests include golf and fishing; and is looking forward to exploring the many beautiful waterways of Citrus County in his new interest, kayak fishing.