Tim Hollinger will wear two hats for at least the next six months.
The Crawford County General Health District Wednesday agreed to explore the concept of shared health commissioner services with Huron County Public Health.
Hollinger will provide the services of health commissioner to Crawford County effective Sunday. This will be on a six-month probationary period to see if the service agreement is working for both counties. Hollinger has served as the health commissioner of Huron County Public Health for 10 years.
"This is an opportunity to reduce administrative overhead costs," Hollinger said. "It also provides a chance to standardize public health services among contiguous health districts, ultimately providing better services to both counties."
Hollinger replaces Scott Kibler, who is retiring after seven years as health commissioner for the Crawford County General Health District.
How much will this save Huron County?
Hollinger makes $37.02 per hour or about $77,000 per year.
"They are a separate entity," said Huron County Auditor Roland Tkach. "They have their own board and own set of levies. They have their own budget and it's outside of the general fund. They generate their own revenue. They have a budget of about $1.9 million. As far as how they deal with Mr. Hollinger is up to them."
"No other county in the state has shared a health commissioner, so it is somewhat of an experiment to have one commissioner for two counties," Kibler told the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum.
Crawford County Health District Board President Linda Efaw said when Kibler decided to retire, the board thought it made sense to share resources with Huron County.
"We will get the expertise and save costs, so it seems like the best option for us at this time. We are very excited to have Tim Hollinger aboard," Efaw told the Telegraph-Forum.
All services of the health district will continue without interruption.
Kibler's annual salary is $68,186. Kibler said Hollinger will be paid about $3,750 per month.
Kibler said he gave the board notice of his retirement in April and has worked closely with Hollinger during his seven years as health commissioner.
"I even mentored with him when I first took the job as health commissioner. We have worked closely together and it was actually his idea to take over the position to cut costs," Kibler told the Telegraph-Forum.
Kibler said mandated accreditation for health departments across the state is coming because of House Bill 59.
"Saving on administrative costs will help our health district with the costs of accreditation," Kibler said.
Those costs for Crawford County will be more than $12,000 for the coming year.
"Tim has already been through the accreditation process in Huron County, so he will be instrumental in preparing Crawford County," Kibler said.
Hollinger will act as health commissioner in Crawford County for at least the next six months and will work in Crawford County at least 20 hours per week.
"At first, it will probably be more like 30 hours per week," said Kibler, adding Hollinger will be in the Crawford County office Monday.