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Effingham Board of Health Terminates Administrator…

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 8, 2013


 In seperate votes of the Effingham Board of Health on Oct 7, 2013, two important items were voted on.,

1. Vote to accept the resignation of Administrator Kim Esker, effective October 27, 2013, failed.

2. Vote to immediately terminate the employment of Administrator Kim Esker, effective immediately, passed.

 Below is the Press Release from the Effingham Board of Health.



To:  All Media

Contact:  Jeff Bloemker, 217-347-7179 ext 1016

Date:  7 October 2013

Re:  Effingham County Health Department

Leadership Change At County Health Department

Dot Behrns, president of the Effingham County Board of Health, announced today that Effingham Public Health Administrator, Kim Esker, is no longer employed by the Effingham County Health Department.

“We want to thank Kim for her years of service to the health department as well as to the citizens of Effingham County,” stated Behrns.  “An interim management team has been installed at the health department and an executive search will start immediately.  We want to assure the public that no health department services will be affected by this change.”

Esker was installed as the Effingham County Public Health Administrator in August of 2000.


 Here is the audio portion of the resignation and termination votes:


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  • Judy Pufahl
    Posted at 08:02h, 08 October Reply

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  • Old dude that left
    Posted at 18:28h, 08 October Reply

    Wow, what a stupid vote. With her resignation she would not be eligible for unemployment. Now with their vote to terminate, she is eligible for 99 weeks of unemployment checks. They should have let her resign.

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 21:35h, 08 October Reply

      Not when the termination is “for cause”…

      • Old dude that left
        Posted at 18:46h, 09 October Reply

        For cause? How does that work? They thanked her for her years of service in the termination vote. I guarantee you she is/will be receiving unemployment. Should have just let her resign and the chips fall via law enforcement or whoever is investigating.

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