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Local Government

McHenry County Board of Health expected to choose new department leader

The McHenry County Board of Health is expected to select one of two finalists to fill the health department's top slot.

Board members planned to make a decision Monday evening and subsequently enter negotiations after two rounds of interviews – one in the afternoon with health department and county staff, and one in the evening with the 12-member health board.

The role of public health administrator has been vacant since administrator Patrick McNulty retired at the end of May.

The health department oversees a $7 million budget – a balance of grants, local taxes and fees – and 135 full-time-equivalent employees, according to its 2013 annual report. Its responsibilities include restaurant inspections, animal control, monitoring disease outbreaks, health education and administering the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance program.

Officials said they received 55 applications for the administrator position, which the board whittled down to 12 finalists.

State law gives the health board discretion over hiring and firing employees. The County Board appoints the health board and has discretion over the department's budget.

McNulty, who worked at the health department for 35 years, was appointed administrator in 2001. Personnel and Administration Manager Joseph Gugle has been acting as interim administrator until a successor is named.

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