Commissioners to appoint health department advisory board

Updated: Dec 14, 2021

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Commission gave approval by consensus to create an advisory board for the Linn County Health Department. Commissioners discussed the board during a report Monday, Dec. 6, by Missy Lancaster, department administrator.

Commissioner Jim Johnson asked Lancaster what she thought about creating the board.

Lancaster said she had talked to County Counselor Gary Thompson about the proposal. “I think it’s great,” she said.

“I’d like to see us move on it,” Johnson said.

Thompson told commissioners that the last time he and Lancaster talked about it, they decided they needed to outline the duties of the new board.

Lancaster said she had been inundated with COVID-19 related work and had not had the time to get back with Thompson on that subject.

Thompson told commissioners that initial discussions were to have a seven-member board. Three people would be a healthcare provider, one from each commission district, and another three would not be in the healthcare field, again one from each commission district.

The seventh person would be at-large from the county and could be either a healthcare worker or not, Thompson said.

“Let’s start looking for those individuals,” said Commission Chair Rick James.

Monday’s discussion was the first time the proposal was discussed at any length in open session.

In a related matter, commissioners approved giving health nurse Vicki Brown a raise to $26.20 an hour at Lancaster’s request. Lancaster said that the increase in salary was warranted because Brown had previous public health experience. According to County Clerk David Lamb, Brown has been on the staff for a couple of years.

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