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Mr. Brown and Mr. Clarke both have trouble with the truth. It is clear to me that Clarke has carried so much water for Brown for so many years he simply does it out of habit. When Ms. Moser complained about the poor quality of the sanitarians work and the fact that the previous administration (mine) ordered staff to cut corners to reach compliance goals, she was clearly out of bounds with the facts (Environmental Health Specialists are licensed by the state to perform various jobs in environmental health, e.g. water, soils, food and lodging, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.). No Environmental Health Specialist is going to place his career and license in jeopardy by falsifying data. Regional Soil Scientists in Food & Lodging and in Soils visit the health department regularly, audit work done by the sanitarians, and help the local health department with difficult projects. In my 14 years as health director no regional state scientists ever complained to me about sloppy or poor work done by the sanitarians.

In fact, if Ms. Moser knows of “corners” that were cut she needs to inform the Pender County public as soon as possible since health issues are a concern: The editorial in the Post & Voice suggested that cutting corners was a public health concern and should be brought to light and corrected. The sanitarians I worked with were all Bachelor of Science graduates, and very professional in their attitude and practice.

Ms. Moser brought with her from Madison County two relatively highly paid Environmental Health Supervisors. It took the supervisors several months to become authorized by the state to work in Pender County (Much longer than would usually be expected). I believe that since Ms. Moser has been health director she has been spending her time and the taxpayer’s money on purchasing new hand washing equipment for the building; painting and renovating the interior of the health department; and perhaps not so much time on the various programs. For example, I’m sure she was forced to terminate the school dental program to save almost two months of contract dollars before the end of the fiscal year. Firing two mobile clinic employees also saved a few dollars. I believe it is clear that Brown’s suggestion that the health department did not need two dentists has blown-up in his face. Obviously, one dentist can’t operate two separate clinics. Since the mobile school dentist was forced to do so for almost a year and a half, the dental program has obviously lost revenue. If this is not so, Mr. Brown should make public the health department budget and the budget for the individual health department programs. I don’t believe he will do so. I believe there are other programs losing money in the health department, more about those programs another day.

It would be worthwhile for all concerned, if Ms. Moser would tell the public what the compliance percentage in Food & Lodging is since she took over as permanent director and brought her sanitarians to Pender County. I can provide the following information from the state, if she can’t manage to put her hands on it.

State data for the past 10 years clearly show excellent health department compliance with state contracts. See below:
2010-2011 97%
2009-2010 100%
2008-2009 100%
2007-2008 100%
2006 -2007 100%
2005 -2006 100%
2004-2005 100%
2003-2004 75%
2002-2003 99%
2001-2002 95%

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