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The Webster County Board of Supervisors formally approved the firing last week of longtime Webster County Health Department director Kari Prescott.

The termination was unanimously approved at Tuesday’s meeting of supervisors.

Prescott, who had worked for the department since 1997 and served as director since 2008, was placed on administrative leave by the county board of health on May 19 pending an investigation into environmental allegations of hostile work, financial irregularities and irregularities in documentation. Further investigation led to Prescott’s immediate dismissal by the board on May 25.

After firing Prescott, the Board of Health also voted to contact the office of Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand to conduct an audit of the Webster County Health Department that will begin immediately.

Webster County District Attorney Darren Driscoll told The Messenger that Prescott was fired for “promoting a hostile environment, rising to the level of directorial misconduct.”

“We did not rely on the financial and documentary irregularities cited for the administrative leave as grounds for termination, as we will defer to the findings of the investigation and the state auditor’s report on these matters,” he said.

Prescott’s employment was terminated unconditionally and she received no severance pay, Driscoll said.



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