Kanawha Health Official To Help Putnam

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A Kanawha County health administrator has been appointed to help the Putnam County Health Department regain financial stability.

The Charleston Gazette reports the Putnam County Board of Health named Lolita Kirk as a senior interim administrator during an emergency meeting Thursday. Kirk is director of administration for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Kirk will oversee Putnam's health department in addition to her current duties in Kanawha County. She'll also determine whether the department needs to apply for emergency aid through the state.

The state is auditing the Putnam department, which is struggling with debts and has paid more than $100,000 in legal costs in two recent wrongful-termination grievances.