Vote on proposed firing delayed

PAXTON — Ford County Board Chairman Rick Bowen has told Iroquois County officials that his board would meet "sooner rather than later" to vote on the proposed firing of Ford-Iroquois Public Health Administrator Doug Corbett.

But due to conflicts with some Ford County Board members' schedules, the board likely will not be able to meet until Monday, at the earliest.

"There's really no deadline, per se, whatsoever," Bowen said this week. "Technically, we could wait until the regular board meeting in July, but we told Iroquois County we would do it sooner rather than later."

In the meantime, the Ford County Board has been encouraging employees of the bi-county health department to provide their input on the proposed firing, which received the backing of the full Iroquois County Board last week.

"We've passed on our emails to everybody," Bowen said. "We've encouraged employees to not only contact me but other board members."

Bowen said several of his board members had received calls from health department employees as of Tuesday.

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton said he expects the Ford-Iroquois Board of Health to meet "before too long" to vote on Corbett's removal. Fitton said the board of health would not meet to vote on the matter, however, until after the Ford County Board votes to make its recommendation.

The final decision rests with the board of health, whose next regularly scheduled meeting is July 15.

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