Rahul Gupta, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, was at the meeting Thursday and is Kirk's boss.
He said if proof of illicit activity surfaced in the course of the agency's evaluation, the departments would be swift to turn that information over to law enforcement officials.
"Everything goes back to transparency. We don't serve our purpose as public officials, or appointed board members, if that is in question," Gupta said.
Gupta said he and other Kanawha health officials would be there to support Kirk and Putnam health officials and share any information about how Kanawha handles personnel policies, documentation and other procedures.
The shortfall has yet to affect any of the agency's services, although some vaccinations, including the treatment for the shingles virus and other ancillary treatments, have been cut back for cost savings purposes.
Kirk, who has worked in administrative health for more than 20 years, will begin as Putnam's interim administrator immediately.
"What I hope to accomplish is to restore financial stability to the agency," Kirk said. "I believe it's achievable; you just have to start and see where the problems are. It could be bigger than what we think.
"It could be smaller than what we think -- until we've had a chance to go through, it's going to be hard to predict."
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