Environmental Health Supervisor Jessica Jutz

At your service: Jessica Jutz

During food inspections, Environmental Health Supervisor Jessica Jutz dresses the part in a white lab coat. Yet it’s her full-faced smile that really catches the eye.

A born extrovert, Jutz enjoys the people aspect of her work, especially the chance to help chefs and other food providers. “Everyone thinks as a health inspector I get to sample food, but I am not eating the food—I’m checking to see it is safe,” she said. “We are there to educate people and to ensure safe food.”

The goal is to make sure restaurants, grocery stores, day cares, schools and other food-related establishments have what they need in place for food safety. Jutz and her team work with hundreds of Bloomington and Richfield businesses.

Over 13 years, after working her way up from Environmental Health Aide to supervisor, she not only conducts inspections but oversees a staff of five food inspectors. Her group has a close working relationship.

“My coworkers are wonderful,” Jutz said. “It’s a great team. Everyone supports one another—kind of like a little family, so that’s fun.”