Around the time Fleshman stepped down, board members began noticing financial problems, Haynes said.
"Until Joel came to us, we didn't realize the extent of the problem," he said. "That's why we wanted to go ahead and get the audit and know exactly where we are."
In addition to the legal fees causing financial problems, Haynes said, "I think it's safe to say we may have over-anticipated what services the community was going to require. We were probably thinking money was going to flow a little more freely than it did."
A $57,000 tax lien filed in July last year was lifted in November, according to documents on file in the Putnam County clerk's office.
In 2011, the health department moved to a larger building in the Teays Valley Corporate Center with the intention of expanding the health clinic.
"It may have been a bigger space than what was actually needed, but at the time we were anticipating expanding the clinical side," Haynes said. "Then we lost a nurse practitioner and money got tight and she was never replaced.
"All of these things, like hiring outside legal counsel, expanding like we did, we all made those decisions. We can't point fingers, we were all part of those decisions," he said.
"If there was any wrongdoing we certainly want to know about it, but there's no reason to think so until somebody says so."
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