Former Ford-Iroquois health official named to head new agency

Former Ford-Iroquois health official named to head new agency

WATSEKA — A 22-year employee of the to-be-dissolved Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has been offered the administrator's position for the to-be-created Iroquois County Public Health Department.

Dee Ann Schippert accepted the full-time job at a salary of $72,000 per year, according to Iroquois County board of health President John Shure of rural Buckley. She will be under a one-year probationary contract, Shure said.

Schippert, 47, is a registered nurse from Watseka who has been community and school health coordinator for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department since 2009. She has been employed at the bi-county agency since 1992, when she started as a home health care nurse.

Schippert was one of two applicants interviewed for the position last week. The other was Terry Eimen, a Gilman resident who works as the Ford-Iroquois agency's environmental coordinator. Shure said he expects Eimen to be hired to the same position for the Iroquois County agency.

"It was a difficult choice," Shure said. "Both are good people. Both are good employees. Both have a good record of service in the health department."

Schippert will start working as administrator in early March, but she will continue to also work for the Ford-Iroquois agency until it is dissolved June 30.

"There's no set guidelines as far as how much of each day she must spend at each one or the other," Shure said. "It depends on the needs and the situation at the time."

Schippert, a lifelong Iroquois County resident, grew up in rural Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School. She received a diploma degree in nursing from Lakeview College of Nursing in 1987, then graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Lakeview in 1994. In between, she worked as a nurse at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. She started working as a home health nurse for the health department in 1992.

Schippert said her focus as administrator will be "to make sure that we are good stewards of public resources."

"Fiscal responsibility is going to be one of my main tasks," Schippert said.

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