GILMAN — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's search for an interim administrator is underway — a process expected to take four to six weeks — now that Administrator Doug Corbett has signed an agreement authorizing the buyout of the remainder of his contract.
The buyout agreement, signed by Corbett on Sept. 21, provides him with $14,852 — reflecting the remainder of his salary from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, the date his employment contract expires.
Corbett will also be provided with payment of $1,024, reflecting his remaining vacation hours. Corbett will also continue to receive his medical insurance benefits through Nov. 30.
Also as part of the agreement, the health department will provide Corbett with a "neutral letter of reference" stating Corbett's name, position and dates of employment. The agency also agrees that if it receives inquiries from prospective employers, it will "limit the information provided to the letter of reference."
Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton told the board of health Monday night that the agreement must be signed by Oct. 1 by all board of health members and the chairmen of the Ford and Iroquois county boards.
The board agreed July 31 to buy out the remainder of Corbett's contract, after a multitude of alleged unprofessional and unlawful behavior by Corbett had surfaced publicly in the past several months.