BOCC requests removal of county health director

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

McLemore, however, disagreed.

He said a 25-year employee should not be fired without full cause and that his own investigation had not uncovered that cause. He said while the employee may have received a paycheck from the state, they were still a county constituent.

“We have to take care of our own people,” McLemore said. “Ever since (Lindeman, who took over some two years ago) has taken over this health department we’ve had major issues. We need to do something about that.

“Tallahassee don’t know our people, we do.”

McLemore said the issues would not be as pronounced if a local candidate had been named health director – Lindeman was hired out of the Tallahassee office after the BOCC recommended Wewahitchka resident Jim McKnight to the DOH – and urged the board to make their feelings known.

Williams, who was a member of the committee that reviewed the termination, cautioned that, as the BOCC learned two years ago during the hiring of a replacement for former health director Doug Kent, the BOCC has limited say in DOH operations.

He said that the Health Department has taken massive budget cuts over the past two years and those cuts are impacting services and personnel. He said much of the issues uncovered in examining the termination – poor work attitude with patients, scheduling problems, follow-up appointments – could be more easily traced to cost constraints.

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