Board of Health


Sheryl Knutsen, R.N., Chair

Gerry Topping, P.E., Vice-Chair

Vince Guerra, M.D., Member

Thomas Mannetta, C.E., Member



John Coulon, R.S., Health Agent
Town Hall

461 E-6 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA 01983
Phone: (978) 887-1520
Fax: (978) 887-1521

Scheduled Office Hours

The office is staffed Monday from 8 - 1

Tuesday from 8 - Noon

Wednesday and Thursday from 8 - 1


The Health Agent is in the office for hours to the public on

Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 - Noon or by appointment




The Board of Health is composed of 5 members who are appointed by the Board of Selectman. Local boards of health in Massachusetts are required by state statutes and regulations to perform many important and crucial duties relative to the protection of public health, the control of disease, the promotion of sanitary living conditions and the protection of the environment from damage and pollution. These requirements reflect the legislature’s understanding that many critical health problems are best handled by the involvement of local community officials familiar with local conditions. The Board of Health also works closely with other community groups to provide health information and services to the citizens of Topsfield. The links below lead to further information about the activities of the Board of Health.

Board of Health Duties and Responsibilities

For a more detailed description of the myriad duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health, click here.

Board of Health Manual

The Manual provides a broad overview of the various responsibilities of local boards of health in Massachusetts. It contains a brief summary of the relevant laws and regulations with links to them.

Topsfield Regional Medical Reserve Corps

The Topsfield Medical Reserve Corps is a regional group of volunteers organized to supplement existing public health and emergency resources in times of need. The group also assists at various community events. For further information, click here.

Public Health Information

Information about recalls, CDC advisories, tick and mosquito borne diseases, and other public health notices, click here.

Information on Arsenic and Uranium in Water From Bedrock Wells: USGS Study

Mosquito Control

Topsfield subscribes to the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District. For complete information about the District and its services, please visit For Topsfield's Vector Management Plan, please click here. For more information, please visit our web page dedicated to Mosquitoes.

Internship Program

Each summer, the Topsfield Board of Health welcomes college Interns to the Department. Interns are given the opportunity to shadow Health Agent John Coulon RS to learn about all aspects of Public Health while also concentrating on a project of their choosing.

Board Meeting Schedule

Fourth Thursday, 7:30pm, Town Hall, Conference Room

Agendas and Minutes