According to Andes, the people who held the 12 full-time and two part-time positions at the health department were state employees; their salaries were provided through a state allotment of funds, but the health department's financial problems made the "full reduction in force" necessary.
Lolita Kirk, a Kanawha-Charleston Health Department administrator who was appointed Putnam health department interim administrator last month, is still working to secure temporary space in Putnam County for clinical services. Two health professional positions will be posted this week, and more positions will be opened once Kirk has applied to and received approval from the state Division of Personnel.
Also Tuesday, county commissioners approved a contract with Fidelity National Information Services to provide credit card services for county agencies.
Fidelity was one of several vendors to place an offer with the county, and the company gave the lowest competitive rate bid. County agencies will be able to opt into credit card services, and the process of purchasing credit card machines and implementing the services should take 6 to 12 weeks.
Fidelity has a set-up fee, but does not charge a minimum fee to cardholders, making it a better option for taxpayers, Donat said. Kanawha County also uses Fidelity for its credit card services, he said.
The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 23. For information on the commission, including meeting agendas, visit countycommission.putnamcounty.org.
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