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Crawford County still looking for health commissioner

Tom Jackson • Jun 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Crawford County's health board has made no decision as of Friday on hiring someone to replace retiring health commissioner W. Scott Kibler.

One of the candidates for the job is Tim Hollinger, Huron County's health commissioner. But if Holllinger is hired, he'll stay on in Huron County, splitting his duties between the two counties.

Crawford County health board member Garnet “Sis” Love, who also is the mayor of Bucyrus, said a board committee has been interviewing health commissioner candidates this week. She said the committee worked until 10 p.m. Thursday night before the members went home, exhausted. Hollinger was one of the candidates the panel interviewed.

“We're probably going to give it the weekend to let it sink in a little bit,” Love said.

She said the search committee has not scheduled its next meeting yet.

The full board is not scheduled to meet until June 18. Love said there's been no discussion yet about possibly calling a special board meeting.

Hollinger could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. Linda Efaw, president of Crawford County's health board, also could not be reached after a telephone call was placed to her work number.

On Thursday, Huron County's health board agreed to consider sharing Hollinger with Crawford County and passed a series of proposed contracts giving Hollinger a raise but splitting his salary with the other county. If Hollinger doesn't get the post, his salary remains the same.

Hollinger emphasized Thursday that no decision has been made and that the Crawford County board might decide to hire someone else or to take him only as a interim health commissioner for a few weeks.

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