State auditors investigating Cumberland Valley District Health Dept.

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Officials from the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts have confirmed an ongoing investigation into the Cumberland Valley District Health Department.

"The auditor's office is conducting an investigation into the Cumberland Valley District Health Department," said Communications Director Stephenie Steitzer.

"We cannot discuss further details of the investigation at this time. We expect the report to be released within a few weeks."

After a state audit was requested for the CVDHD, a pre-termination conference was held to see if Director Kathy Fields would keep her job.

Fields has been with the department for close to 30 years and has served as the director for four years. Several employees came to support her at the meeting, saying they could not understand why she would lose her job.

"I believe in kathy and i believe in our leadership and i hope that our board recognizes her qualities and the good job that she has done, they will understand that this is not just about a few disgruntled employees, this is about an agency as a whole," said department employee Barbara Steele, RN.

In a 5 to 2 vote the board decided to place fields on paid administrative leave. No board officials would comment but Chairman Dr. John Parsons said they will hold another special called meeting to decide whether fields will keep her job with the department.

The department serves Clay, Jackson, Rockcastle and Harlan counties.

A termination notice was rescinded and Lynette Rinner was named the interim director for the department. Board officials said the next special called meeting will likely take place sometime next week.

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