Soon we'll be electing some new members to the Board of Supervisors, so as a local merchant and taxpayer I'd like to make an appeal to other taxpayers before they cast their vote.
There are some serious problems at our local Health Department, many of which were reported to the Board of Supervisors over a decade ago after a grand jury investigation. As a result of that investigation the health officer at the time, Dr. Cottrell, was "allowed" to retire rather than be fired. They also found serious problems with the administrator, Yvonne Smith.
The grand jury witnessed Ms. Smith intimidate employees and said she had a "Rambo style for management." At the conclusion of their report they said the only body that had the power to correct the problems at the Health Department, including Yvonne Smith, was the Board of Supervisors.
The only action I'm aware of is that they promoted Ms. Smith from administrator to the director of the Health Department with the part-time health officer, Benjamin Lehr, subordinate to her and her assistant, which means all the crucial decisions and policies concerning the health of Imperial County are being made by two women who have absolutely no medical degree of any kind.