The actions of OI commissioners aren’t really for the greater good


OTTAWA COUNTY — In less than two months, the new Ottawa Impact-led Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has radically changed how local government works, with most of its scrutiny aimed at health services — sending shockwaves throughout the health community.

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From making allegations the health department “sexualizes” college students to refusing to approve federal grant-funded mental health positions to micromanaging the sitting health officer — which led to a recent lawsuit — commissioners have local health officials worried a lack of understanding and acceptance of marginalized communities will result in widening health disparities.

“They’re imposing their viewpoints on us as employees, who are mandated to provide services to our community,” said one county health employee, who spoke to The Sentinel under condition of anonymity. “Our clients and our community providers are going to be very affected.”

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