Montgomery County: no fat smokers for health commissioner

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — One southwest county is requiring its health commissioner be a non-smoker who isn't overweight.

The health department for Dayton and Montgomery County this week adopted new employment policies that will require the health commissioner to be tobacco-free and maintain a body weight that "exemplifies a healthy standard of life."

Current health commissioner Jim Gross says the person in the position needs "to practice what he or she preaches."

The Dayton Daily News ( ) reports that the weight restriction applies only to the commissioner. The health department's board of directors will determine the appropriate body weight for each new commissioner.

But the zero-tolerance tobacco policy will apply to all new applicants beginning the first of next year. Other employees have until April 1 to quit.