County health official fired PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 September 2013 09:52
The board of health voted unanimously Thursday to terminate the Wood County Health District administrator whom employees said created a hostile work environment and made inappropriate comments.
Bill Ault, director of administration, had been with the health district since 2007. The board voted to fire him after meeting in executive session Thursday, and also conducted a 90-minute executive session at a special meeting Tuesday.
Dr. Fleming Fallon, board president, said Ault was offered a chance to resign this week. He would not comment on factors that played into the decision to fire Ault, but said it was in the best interest of the health district as well as Wood County residents.
"We considered a number of different scenarios and outcomes and came to the conclusion that termination for him would be the best thing for the agency," he said, declining to elaborate on what alternatives were considered.
The first complaint against Ault was submitted Aug. 29, when an account clerk he supervised said he sometimes became angry when speaking with employees, and that he later said the employee would not have received a promotion if he had known she spoke up.
Health Commissioner Pam Butler then spoke with employees and collected written statements, leading to a separate complaint Sept. 6.
The second employee corroborated the first's concerns about Ault's temper, and also suggested he made inappropriate comments, including that she looked like a "librarian from a porno."
The latter complaint also alleged that Ault said the employee's position could be reduced to part-time, eliminating her family's health insurance benefits, if she was unable to handle "an increased workload."
Fallon said hiring a replacement for Ault has not yet been discussed.
In other business, Ben Batey, director of nursing, announced a flu clinic will be conducted at the health district from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Cost is $10 for those under 18, $20 for adults, and $40 for those 65 or older who want the high-dose vaccine.
The board also approved:
• A rotation schedule for who will serve as acting health commissioner through the end of the year whenever Butler is unable to fulfill her duties.
• Minor changes to pharmacy policies dealing with security and the line of authority in the medication room.
• Quotes from Comunale Co. Inc. including $1,540 for a backflow preventer and dry pendant fire sprinkler heads, and $912 to replace an accelerator on the dry system valve.
• Ending a contract with Crystal Westfall as a breastfeeding peer helper, and a new contract with an unspecified applicant.

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