Ford-Iroquois health official resigns

GILMAN — A longtime employee of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, who recently came under scrutiny for her actions as the agency's Freedom of Information Act officer and tobacco program coordinator, has resigned, effective Sept. 27.

Human resources coordinator Cary Hagen informed the board of health Monday night that Julie Clark had submitted her letter of resignation.

On Aug. 28, board member Rod Copas criticized Clark for her handling of a FOIA request from the Paxton Record — saying her response was a "bold-faced lie" — while a member of a watchdog group accused her of grant fraud.

Copas earlier this year had also questioned how a $124,000 contract was awarded by the health department to a company owned by Clark's husband for the installation of solar panels on the agency's offices.

Clark, who has been working for the health department since 1988, declined to comment on her resignation.

The board plans to accept Clark's resignation during its Oct. 7 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Gilman-Danforth District Library.

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