Bucks County's H.R. Director Suspended in Wake of Health Insurance Debacle
By Brad Segall
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) -- Five days after the release of a scathing grand jury report revealing the waste of hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money (see related story), Bucks County officials have taken swift action to try to correct the problems.
Meredith Dolan, the county's human resources director, has been suspended indefinitely without pay and is not likely to return.
The move comes on the heels of the report which blamed incompetence and sloppiness in the department as the reason why the county was still paying for health insurance premiums for employees' dependents who should have been taken off the rolls.
"We're looking at everybody there and saying, what did we do wrong?, what can we do better?, how do we communicate better?, how are we all on the same page knowing that we are following the same procedures and policies?' " said county commissioner Rob Loughery today.
He expects more personnel moves will be made but would not elaborate.
Meanwhile, he says, the county is talking to other companies with similar employment numbers to see if they should keep human resources in house or use a firm on the outside.
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