By Andy Pettigrew
BURGAW, NC (THE PENDER POST/WWAY) Dr. Jack Griffith will return as Director of the Pender County Health Department on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
“I’m coming of f family medical leave effective today (Aug. 3) and I’ll be back at work at the Health Department in the morning,” Griffith said.
In an interview with The Pender Post, Griffith said he was returning to his job, despite the fact he thought there would be “some consternation about that, I’m sure. But I believe I have the support of the Board of
Griffith unexpectedly went on medical leave on July 12. The Pender County Board of Health has scheduled an emergency meeting Wednesday Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. to discuss the hiring of an interim director.
“They were planning on hiring an interim health director, but my physician said I’m well enough to come back, I can’t stay on medical leave. I have an obligation to go back to work. That’s where I’m going,” Griffith said. “It will be up to Roberta Bost and a couple of members of the Board of Health that are pushing this witch hunt to decide how they want to deal with this.”
Griffith said the Board of Health will have the final say so.
“If the Board of Health decides they don’t want me back, they have one option. They can discharge me,” Griffith said. “Other than that, I intend to be at work in the morning at 8 a.m.”