No action taken at CVDHD meeting

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The Cumberland Valley District Health Department held a special called meeting on Sept. 6. It was the first since a critical audit was released.

Among the findings, a director of nursing was paid for time she was actually teaching classes at Berea College.

Auditors also questioned some purchases by staff members and said the board of health did not exercise proper control over the department.

“There were significant leadership and management issues,” State Auditor Adam Edelen said. “When you have these health departments that are doing extraordinarily important work in very difficult times and there is a scarcity of resources in which to do their jobs, anything that would waste those precious dollars when they need to be used to serve the population that so desperately needs the help is something that I have got a big problem with.”

Edelen said he believed a change in leadership will lead them in the right direction.

No action was taken at the meeting. The attorney for the board said they are working toward a solution that works for everyone involved and would not discuss the audit.

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