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In last action, outgoing city-county health board raises new administrator's salary

By CHARLES RICHARDS

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In its last meeting (June 26) before giving way this month to an almost completely different panel, the Paris-Lamar County Health Board approved a pay increase for new administrator Rita Prestridge.

Gina Prestridge

Five of the six new members that will be sworn in later this month were invited into the executive session in which Prestridge’s raise was discussed.

After 45 minutes behind closed doors, the board emerged for a motion by Bill Strathern to raise the administrator’s salary to $51,500 per year, as an executive director. Dr. David Carpenter seconded the

motion, which carried 5-0.

Carpenter then made a motion, seconded by Brady Fisher, to reclassify Cheryl Johnson from a Clerk III to administrative assistant. That motion also carried unanimously.

Other board members present were board chairman Dr. Wally Kraft and Dr. Robert Moseley. Board members absent were Larry Reaves and Dr. Bert Strom.

Of the “old” board, only Strathern, who was appointed to the board last year, will be back. Most of the others had served on the committee for 25 years or  more.

Those whose terms begin this month and run through June of 2015 and were present at the meeting were Dr. Keith House, Dr. William George, Kristi Martin, Dr. Rick Erickson and Dr. Mark Gibbons.

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