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August 19, 2014
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Letter: Douglas County Commissioners' closure of county health departments handled poorly

Proxy message lacked respect

I’ve been employed by the Douglas County Health Department for 11 years.

The decision of the county commissioners to relieve themselves of Mental Health and Public Health was a shock to everyone. Employees were not consulted or met with to be a part of it.

That is just one part of their insensitive approach to this whole mess. The other part is that like cowards, they did not offer to meet with the employees of the health department to announce their plan. They couldn’t at least meet with us as a group to tell us in person? They couldn’t be here to empathize with our job losses?

Instead, we were told by an administrative assistant, who went office to office during our workday to let us know. This “informer” had no more information than “We are to be out of here by Oct. 1st.” That’s how these so-called public representatives, our county commissioners, chose to break the news to employees? It’s not only absurd, but it’s heartless, cold and lacks total dignity and respect for those of us who are public servants every day at work.

The weeks following that announcement have been chaotic and even our supervisors are still being kept in the dark. Other than receiving our “pink slips,” as of the date of this writing, our supervisors are still saying, “We don’t know anything.”

As county employees, we’re supposed to be diverse, treat all with respect, no matter their walk of life, etc. Then the commissioners inform us by having someone run around and tell us that we’re done on Sept. 30th? The way this was handled was so unprofessional and disrespectful. But why should the county commissioners care? They’re still going to be on the payroll after Oct. 1st.

Sharon Wright


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The News-Review Updated Aug 26, 2014 03:17PM Published Aug 19, 2014 11:42AM Copyright 2014 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.