Cass County Hires New Health Department Director

Cass County has hired Sarah Czech as the new Health Department Director beginning October 15. Czech is currently the Assistant Health Director and Health Educator for the department. She replaces Andrew Warlen who is leaving for a similar post at Platte County.

“Andrew Warlen, with the help of Sarah Czech and the rest of the team, has done a tremendous job guiding Cass County through the COVID-19 pandemic and building a stronger Health Department,” said Presiding Commissioner Bob Huston. “We wish Andrew well on his new role, and we look forward to working with Sarah in hers.”

Czech has dedicated her career to public health earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri and completing Masters degrees in both Sociology (University of Missouri – Kansas City) and Public Health (University of Missouri). She has worked at the Cass County Health Department since 2014, becoming Assistant Health Director and Health Educator in 2020.

Czech grew up in Cass County where her mother was a volunteer firefighter for the Central Cass County Fire District. Her time spent at the fire station led to her interest in public service. After graduating from Harrisonville High School, she completed her undergraduate and Masters degrees, and then returned home to work in Cass County government.

“I am honored to have been given this opportunity and I look forward to continuing to serve the community that raised me in this new capacity,” said Czech.


Sheryl Austin is recognized as the Employee of the Month for October 2021 at Bates County Memorial Hospital. Sheryl began her employment at BCMH in September 2019 as a phlebotomist in the hospital’s Laboratory Department.

Sheryl treats patients with respect and compassion. She is always willing to help coworkers as needed. Sheryl has worked throughout the COVID pandemic and continues to work tirelessly to provide quality care to their patients. Sheryl is a valued employee in the laboratory and the Bates County Memorial hospital.