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June 17, 2013

Health dept. adding to staff

Dept. makes hire, awaits background check on other.

The Cass County Health Department is getting back up to staff with the recent hire of an environmental health specialist and a food inspector after two employees recently left the department.

John Weidner replaced Rob McLaughlin as an environmental health specialist earlier this month, said Lynda Kennedy, administrator for the health department.

With more than 14 years of experience in public health, a press release states, Weidner has worked in housing and code enforcement, retail food, lead risk assessments, swimming pools and groundwater protection.

“As a Public Health Coordinator, John has developed emergency response plans and continuity of operations plans as well as participated in several emergency response drills,” the press release goes on to state. “Throughout John’s career he has worked with many local government units, Indiana State Government, the CDC and the Department of Education.”

Weidner is a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, where he majored in geology and minored in history. He is certified in several areas, including pools and pest management.

Weidner replaced Rob McLaughlin, who left the department to take a job at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Kennedy said.

Another opening was created after Cory Wolford, a food inspector, left the department. Kennedy said Wolford left to take another job, adding that the department has a hire in mind and is waiting on a background check before commenting on it publicly.

During the interim, Kennedy said inspectors from surrounding counties and the Indiana State Department of Health have been filling in for the county for inspections.

“We’re also going to contact Howard County and the state also has people that come in and help as well,” Kennedy said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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