PAXTON — The Ford County Board is preparing for the possibility that the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department will be dissolved.
Following a 45-minute closed session, the board voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Rick Bowen to enter into an agreement with an attorney who would handle the legal process of dissolving the bi-county health department.
State's Attorney Matt Fitton said the action was needed in case either the Ford or Iroquois County Board decides to withdraw from the health department.
Fitton noted that he is the only attorney in the Ford County state's attorney's office, and he was concerned with the amount of time he would have needed to spend on the health department issue. Also, Fitton said he does not have expertise in administrative law — a quality that county officials would prefer in the attorney working on the dissolution process.
The attorney hired would only be involved in the process of dissolving the health department, Fitton said. Fitton said he will still represent Ford County in all other legal matters involving the department.
The county board discussed the hiring of a single candidate in closed session, Fitton said. Bowen declined to name the candidate.
Bowen said he expects to have the agreement with the attorney signed this week.