FDOH to BOCC: ‘full confidence in Lindeman’

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM.

Last month the Board of County Commissioners voted to send a letter to the Florida Department of Health urging the removal of Gulf County Health Department director Marsha Lindeman.

The answer came back swiftly and forcefully.

In a letter dated 12 days after the date of the BOCC’s letter to the FDOH, Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the FDOH John Armstrong replied that the department and he had “full confidence” in Lindeman, he had found the original allegations “unsubstantiated” and listed a number of Lindeman’s accomplishments during her tenure of less than two years.

Commissioners had voted to send the letter requesting Lindeman’s removal after the termination of a 25-year employee. A committee selected by the BOCC examined the matter and recommended the board take no action and that the termination, was in fact, justified and within Lindeman’s discretion.

However, Commissioner Carmen McLemore insisted the termination would not have occurred if a local resident was in charge of the department – alluding to the FDOH decision two years ago to hire Lindeman over a Wewahitchka man – and insisted the BOCC express its displeasure.

Commissioners Tan Smiley and Warren Yeager joined the motion, Commissioner Bill Williams dissented stating the board had learned from the Lindeman hiring that this was a state matter and Commissioner Ward McDaniel abstained citing a conflict.

Armstrong stated in his reply that the department had looked into the allegations and found them unsubstantiated.

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