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“But no one would take the job”

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on September 5, 2010

From Milwaukee County First:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Scott Walker has appointed Geri Lyday, interim director of the Department of Health and Human Services, as the acting director of the Behavioral Health Division while the county hires a consulting firm to do a national search for a permanent director.

The one part of the article that really caught my eye was this paragraph:

Last week, Walker told Journal Sentinel editors and reporters he would “not likely” be assigning a current staff member to the post while a national search to fill the job is under way. Walker offered the interim job to a number of people but no one would take the job, said Fran McLaughlin, Walker’s director of communication.

If that’s not an indication of how bad Walker has screwed things up at BHD, I don’t know what does.

To make matters even worse, Walker has issued another edict today announcing four additional furlough days for member of the union.    This means even more staff shortages will occur, more overtime will be racked up to help break the budget, and most seriously, patients will be facing a much greater chance of being put in harm’s way.


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