PAXTON — The Ford County Board has voted unanimously to seek approval from the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health to withdraw Ford County from the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department.
The board took the action this week upon the suggestion of Deanna S. Mool, an attorney from Sherman who has been hired by Ford County at $200 per hour to handle the legal process of dissolving the bi-county agency.
Mool advised the board that the state law governing multi-county health departments requires a county board to "seek the advice and concurrence" of the state health department director before taking action to withdraw from a consolidated health department.
Mool indicated she expects state public health director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck to approve the board's plan.
"They certainly have heard things are not going well (at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department)," Mool told the board.
Mool said she would send a letter to Hasbrouck "this week," allowing the board to take action to withdraw from the agency in either November or December. The health department would then be split up effective June 30, 2014.