CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- She may be new to Charleston, but the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department's new sanitation supervisor is no stranger to food safety programs and restaurant rating systems.
Nasandra Wright worked for Columbus Public Health in Ohio's capital city as that department rolled out its color-coded restaurant rating system a few years ago.
Wright joined the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in November. The department will implement its own color-coded rating system countywide beginning Feb. 1.
"It's similar in some aspects," Wright said of Kanawha County's rating system. "The process that Kanawha-Charleston is using tends to be a lot more simplified and I think the public will like that a whole lot better."
Wright favors restaurant rating systems, as well as color-coded systems over letter grades.
"[Ratings] bring about public awareness," Wright said. "That's the purpose that it was intended for and when it's used in that perspective, it's very good."
Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of KCHD, said Wright joined the health department after a national search for Gail Sowards' replacement.
"We're fortunate to have her here," Gupta said. "I'm sure that she brings in vast experience both on the food side and the water and sanitation. She's very knowledgeable and talented in all those areas."
Charleston also was a good fit for Wright because her husband's trucking industry job relocated him here, she said.