Grand jury says public health officia...

Grand jury says public health officials need more experience

There are 8 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Jul 1, 2009, titled Grand jury says public health officials need more experience. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

San Bernardino County does not have a list of minimum requirements for its top public health officials and current officials do not have extensive experience, the county's 2008-09 grand jury said in its final report.

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Fed Up

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jul 2, 2009
The County has been using that tired "you don't have to know how to do the job to manage it" line for years. Kinda explains why so many departments are mismanaged. Just another good old boy cronyism appointment.
living life

United States

#2 Jul 2, 2009
More people then just the grand jury are very aware of the lack of experience and the continued lack of understanding that the PH admin. have. Just check out how many Public Health Officers they have gone through these past years. Talk about lack of experience and education check out the second in charge in Public Health - no degree at all!!!!! That was a CAO "friend" appointment. If you need to compare just look at other health departments admin. in the surrounding area and you will be more embarrassed then you already are of San Bernardino County. Public Health staff have spent years getting Public Health degrees choosing this as their field only to be led by those who could care less about the field of Public Health or its mission or as Lindley said he's just an "administrator" no passion about Public Health or its mission that's the real shame.
PH Employee

United States

#3 Jul 2, 2009
To claim that Jim Lindley has no passion for Public Health or it's mission is absurd.

Try actually talking to the guy instead of believing the hype.
Tax Fiend

Loma Linda, CA

#4 Jul 2, 2009
Sorry but Public Health isnt the only County Department where the leadership is handpicked by the CAO and not by experience is a related field of practice. The Grand Jury needs to investigate all of the HSS departments and they will see how corruption has extened throughout the County structure. Incompetence is rampant within the county. Might I recommend looking at all the county contracts and funding for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where the CAO came from.
Planet Postmus

Apple Valley, CA

#5 Jul 2, 2009
Department managers should have experience and expertise in the field they're administering. Appointing political buddies to manage departments where they have no specific knowledge because they're a "Good manager" usually doesn't cut it.
Nothing Ever Changes

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jul 2, 2009
Jim was a part time High Desert Community Collage Professor (aka...unemployed) when Postmus "gave" him a "make work" County job as director of Legislative Affairs. Remember he was also a City Councilman who took good care of developers in the HD and like Rancho's Rex Gutierrez needed a job. Postmus then moved him to be Purchasing Director and the rest is history...his foot was in the door. It's is, and will always be about who you know. I wonder if Jim ever sent Postmus a thank you card.
Jim Lindley

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jul 2, 2009
PH Employee wrote:
To claim that Jim Lindley has no passion for Public Health or it's mission is absurd.
Try actually talking to the guy instead of believing the hype.
Thank for the comment...the check is under my office door mat. Is it ok that its made out to CASH?

Norwalk, CA

#8 Jul 2, 2009
Why not look at all department heads? We all know that few Department head and their immediate subordinates do not have an educational background in the field they manage. Most are former Board and CAO staff. Public Health and the Assessor's office are not the exception, they are the norm.

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