Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

June 25, 2014

Health department search reactivated

June 25, 2014 — The search for a new director for the Little Sandy District Health Department is again underway.

The department’s Board of Directors voted unanimously last Wednesday to resume the hiring process for the position, ending a year-long delay.

“Now that we see we have it in our budget to pay the salary for the position, I think it’s time for us to move forward with finding a new director,” said Dr. Kari Shields, board chair.

The board will now choose from a registry of eligible applicants that has been on file in Frankfort since the position was first advertised last September.

Those names will be distributed to board members, who will have 60 days to make a hiring decision.

Paula Thornberry has served as interim director for the past year, inheriting a department facing severe financial issues.

Under her management, however, the health department has turned a potential shortfall of $400,000 into a projected surplus of $113,000 this fiscal year, though not without casualties.

Lack of revenue forced employee layoffs and the closure of two satellite clinics to keep the department’s doors open.

Thornberry stated during a recent meeting that she is ready to transition out of the role and hand the reins over to a new director.

Little Sandy’s Board of Directors had planned to hold a special meeting Monday night to review applications but that meeting was canceled due to lack of a quorum.

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

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