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New county health officer could be named soon

November 30, 1999|By TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners are close to recommending to the state their choice for a new health officer.

The commissioners also are seeking a new county administrator and human resources director.

Commissioners President John F. Barr said Friday the commissioners could make a selection for a health officer on Tuesday.

The commissioners interview candidates, then make a recommendation to the state, which decides whether that person be hired, Barr said.

Barr wasn't sure whether the commissioners publicly could announce their selection until or if it's approved by the state, he said.

The state pays the health officer's salary, but the commissioners could decide to add supplemental pay. The health officer works out of the Washington County Health Department building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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The position has been open since former Health Officer William G. Christoffel resigned effective Oct. 1. A state investigation last year alleged Christoffel on numerous occasions engaged in sexually harassing behavior while on the job.

Christoffel's annual state salary was $96,355, and the county paid him $10,500 per year as a supplement.

The county also is making progress in the selection of a new county administrator, Barr said.

The commissioners narrowed the field to six applicants and will begin interviews next week, he said.

Current Administrator Rodney M. Shoop, who is retiring, has said he would remain on the job while a replacement is chosen.

Barr said there was no definitive deadline on when the new administrator would be picked. The pay range for the county administrator position will be $81,567 to $130,507, the county said in September.

Once a county administrator is hired, Barr said the county will begin interviews for a new human resources director. That person will replace David Hankinson, who took a job in West Des Moines, Iowa. The pay range for the human resources director position will be $59,953 to $95,924, Hankinson said in November.

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