County seeks new health department director
McCOOK, Neb. -- The health department of Red Willow County, Nebraska, is looking for a new director who will take over with the retirement effective Jan. 30, 2015, of director Patricia Powers.
Powers told county commissioners this morning that she is looking forward to retirement, but that her last day in January hinges on whether the department "has found a suitable replacement."
Powers said her department has had several responses to an advertisement seeking her replacement.
Commissioners praised Powers' performance as director, having moved up from office manager to interim director following the resignation of director Darcey Hansen on Dec. 17, 2012. Powers was named director in May 2013.
Commissioner Vesta Dack told Powers she has done "a superb job" for the health department.
Powers was quick to point out, "I can't take all the credit," praising her staff's participation in a "team effort."
The deadline to submit a job application and resume is Wednesday, Nov. 19.
In other action this morning, commissioners approved an addendum to a contract with Pritchard & Abbott Inc. for appraisals of oil and gas leases in Red Willow County,
The two-year contract, for tax years 2015 and 2016, was renewed in September 2014, but wording protecting the county in regard to liability insurance and a performance bond was required by the state.