Chippewa County (WQOW) – Citing budget deficits, five public health workers in Chippewa County will soon be without a job.
That is according to a letter from County Administrator Randy Scholz.
The letter dated June 18 says the home healthcare budget is running at a deficit because of a declining number of clients. Scholz said in 2014 there were 1,220 clients but that number is projected down to 828 in 2019.
Scholz said in the letter that in order to balance the healthcare budget and make it sustainable for the future, five positions will be eliminated. Of those five positions, one vacant position will not be filled and four part-time workers will be laid off.
Scholz said each employee will be given a choice to sign a separation agreement now or work until August 1.
Meanwhile as the layoffs take place, the man leading the county is getting a new contract with a pay raise.
Randy Scholz’s first contract on the job was set to expire in February 2020.
Under the new proposed contract, Scholz would make $125,460.69 plus fringe benefits in 2020 and up to $144,000 plus fringe benefits by the time the contract expires in 2023. Scholz is currently making $122,700.
That’s all according to county documents discussed at a meeting earlier this month.
The contract will be discussed at the full county board meeting on July 9.