BOCC requests removal of county health director

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 09:50 AM.

A narrow majority of the Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to send a letter to the Florida Department of Health to urge the removal of Gulf County Health Department executive director Marsha Lindeman.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore, expressing displeasure with the direction of the department and the outcome of an investigation into a recent termination at the Gulf County Health Department, requested the BOCC send the letter.

He was joined by Commissioners Tan Smiley and Warren Yeager. Commissioner Bill Williams dissented and Commissioner Ward McDaniel abstained based on a conflict.

The matter spilled into the regular bi-monthly BOCC regular meeting when Willie Ramsey, representing a committee appointed by the BOCC, reported on the findings and recommendations from an investigation into the recent firing of a 25-year employee of the Health Department.

Ramsey reported that the committee found that an issue existed, that the extent of the investigation was stymied marginally by the fact that the employee was a state, not county, employee and that the committee unanimously supported the termination.

“We recommend that no action be taken on this termination and that the board should consider expanding the committee to include members of the health department,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey stressed that the Health Department is a state agency and that the committee was limited as to the extent it could examine state personnel records. But all information provided by local and state health officials supported the termination.

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