WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County Commissioner Andy Skidmore was appointed to a five-year term on the county Board of Health during the County Commission meeting Tuesday.
Commission President Joe Haynes, whose term on the Health Board was to expire in 2014, will leave June 30, a year early. Health Board member Gary Sigman's term is up June 30.
The Board of Health voted Monday to lay off its entire staff, pending approval from the West Virginia Division of Personnel Board. The Health Board is more than $215,000 in debt and plans to contract for services from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department to avoid further insolvency.
"We don't want to have two commissioners on Health; we agreed last November that [Skidmore] would take Health and Transportation and I would take Solid Waste and Work Force Investment," Haynes said Tuesday.
"With everything that's going on with Health, we didn't want to make the change in January; we wanted a better transition so that he could go to meetings and see what going on so he's up to speed on everything."
Putnam health officials expected the Health Department to pull in more money when it moved to its current location several years ago. The department also had to pay more than $100,000 to defend itself against two employees who said they were illegally fired.
Skidmore will serve on the Health Board through 2018.