The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

August 2, 2013

County to secure leader of new mental health region

OTTUMWA — One more piece of the mental health redesign is falling into place.

Since the state required counties to form regions of mental health services, Wapello County banded together with Davis and Appanoose County.

At the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, the board will vote to approve the salary and benefits for the CEO of the new South-Central Behavioral Health Region, Jennifer Vitko.

Vitko is currently the central point of coordination for Wapello County and will continue in the position.

Her CPC salary of around $55,000 will be reduced to around $48,000, but approximately $16,000 will be added for her duties as the mental health region's CEO.

The three counties will equally pay into the portion of her benefits coinciding with her CEO position.

"So actually, Wapello County will spend less for her services than it is currently, even though she's getting a pay increase, because Davis and Appanoose will pick up a share of that," said Supervisor Steve Siegel.

While Vitko will become the CEO of the region, Davis and Appanoose counties will still have one central person to represent the interests of their local clients.

These changes will take effect Sept. 1, Siegel said, even though the regionalization does not officially take effect until July 1.

"We didn't want to wait until the last minute to get this stuff running and going," he said. "She's already doing, and has been for months already, a lot of extra work to set up this region."

The board will also look at hiring two new clerks for the county recorder's office.

The office has undergone significant changes in the past few months. Around the same time that county recorder Joyce Hass retired in May, one clerk transferred to a vacancy in the auditor's office, leaving deputy recorder Lisa Kent and clerk Robin Hart.

In a special election last month, Kent won the position of recorder. Now, she hopes to hire two clerks to fill the two vacancies.

"With half the office being new, there will be some learning curve issues there," Siegel said.

The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom on the third floor of the Wapello County Courthouse.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • It feels good to help others OTTUMWA — Volunteering helps the community in multiple ways. But don't ignore the good things this new RSVP program will do for the volunteer. "There are health and social benefits," said Desiree Johnson, president and CEO of the United Way of Wapell

    August 1, 2014

  • 0802 OTT 73 Annual Golf Classic 73rd Annual Golf Classic OTTUMWA — There were a few records broken at the 73rd Annual Chamber Golf Classic Friday. "We had a record amount of people, and we also had a record amount of sponsors," said Tim Kurtz, executive director of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce. Fri

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beach Task Force formation under consideration OTTUMWA — From the establishment of a Beach Task Force, to public hearings, to a discussion of open meetings rules and training, the Ottumwa City Council will have a full pate of items to digest during its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The council will

    August 1, 2014

  • Sewer works starts on Glenwood OTTUMWA — The 900 block of Glenwood Avenue will be closed to traffic starting Tuesday, Aug. 5. Boitnott Enterprises will be closing that block of Glenwood for a repair of a sewer lateral. Motorists should seek other routes around the work zone. Thi

    August 1, 2014

  • Emergency Management Coordinator leaving OTTUMWA — Wapello County Supervisors are hoping to compromise and assign a tax sale certificate to property owners within the city of Ottumwa. On Tuesday, the board will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the third-floor meeting room to discuss a variety of issues

    August 1, 2014

  • CAUTION: Drivers will notice delays on Quincy Ave. OTTUMWA — Beginning Monday, drivers on Quincy Avenue will start to notice the beginning of a major reconstruction project in South Ottumwa. The right lane of northbound traffic on Quincy Avenue, from the car wash located near the Quincy Place Mall's

    August 1, 2014

  • Transfer of West Nile Virus First reports of West Nile Virus coming in OTTUMWA — Three cases of West Nile Virus have already been reported in the state of Iowa this summer, but the timing isn't much out of the ordinary, local officials say. Current surveillance data shows one case each in Clay, Monona and Woodbury count

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • WWI outbreak stranded Ottumwan in Paris

    OTTUMWA — Being stuck in Paris isn’t the worst thing in the world. The City of Light has always been a key stop for Americans traveling to Europe. It’s a city of culture, capitol of a world power. But Howell Cresswell, an Ottumwan in Paris, wanted no

    August 1, 2014

  • File.png Pleasant start to August

    OTTUMWA — Seasonal temperatures and a slight risk of rain herald the arrival of August in southeast Iowa.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graham's presentation A sweet history lesson OTTUMWA — In one of the most popular monthly presentations the Wapello County Historical Society has ever hosted, it was standing-room only to hear the history of Graham Milk and Ice Cream Company and try some of the popular product. A landmark in Ot

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook