Interim agency head wants bonuses to keep some employees
GILMAN — Interim Administrator Steven Williams praised the professionalism and dedication of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's employees during his first board of health meeting this week, urging the board to provide staff an incentive for staying on the job until the agency is dissolved next July.
Williams said he would like to give a "stay-put bonus" to specific "key people" who will be "critical to the success of the transition" of splitting up the bi-county health department and creating two independent health departments serving Ford and Iroquois counties.
The bonus would only be paid to those employees selected by Williams and only if those workers stay on the job through June 30.
Williams noted there is no guarantee any employee will be given a job at either the to-be-formed Ford or Iroquois county public health departments after June 30, and he is concerned some may decide to find work elsewhere in upcoming months as a result.
Williams said he would give the board a formal proposal to consider at its Dec. 16 meeting.