GILMAN — The search for a new administrator for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department continues to be delayed because Doug Corbett has not yet signed a proposed separation agreement.
But it might not be long before the board of health takes action to move forward.
The board voted 8-0 Monday night to call a special meeting for 7 p.m. Sept. 23 to determine what steps to take next if the agreement with Corbett is not signed by the end of this week.
"A resolution has to come very soon on this," board member Rod Copas said. "We can't wait until November."
Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine, who serves as the health department's legal counsel, said the issue with moving forward with hiring a new administrator is that Corbett "technically" remains under contract as administrator of the health department through Nov. 30, even though he is no longer working for the agency.
Devine said that will continue to be the case until Corbett signs the agreement authorizing the agency to buy out the remainder of his contract.
The board is planning to hire health care executive search firm B.E. Smith Inc., based in Lenexa, Kan., to assist in finding a new administrator. The board voted 8-0 Monday to authorize board President Kevin Brucker to contact the firm once the buyout agreement with Corbett is signed.
The firm charges a $5,000 fee as a down payment for services, Brucker said. The board approved paying the fee if the agreement with Corbett is signed, as well.