Long-time administrator Rose Ball has announced she is not resigning from her post at the Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department.
“My commitment to the health department and public health for the residents of Guernsey County is stronger than ever,” Ball said. “I will not be resigning from the health department. I have worked for the health department for over 42 years and will enjoy retirement at some point in time.”
Ball was one of two people who reportedly left a special meeting of the Guernsey County Board of Health on May 1 after indicating they would resign from their current position.
Guernsey County Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Colby recently confirmed Ball and Board of Health member Mike Yanico made statements alluding to their resignation before leaving the special meeting.
Yanico told The Daily Jeffersonian on Monday that he made the statement in the “heat of the moment” and planned to attend the regular board meeting on Wednesday.
Ball was unavailable for comment on Monday. She reportedly worked throughout the weekend and issued two press releases to local media regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The ability to golf at the Cambridge Country Club was reportedly the driving force behind a verbal disagreement at the special meeting. The health department has reportedly issued citations to three individuals who ignored a ban on golfing at the Southgate Road property.
“The 10 essential core functions for public health are the necessity for keeping our community healthy,” Ball said. “These functions are delivered to the community every day through the services of the health department. Board of health members have the responsibility to uphold the mission and vision of the health department every day.”
She said this task was put aside during the discussion at the special board of health meeting on Friday.
“Unpopular decisions have been made by state and local government,” Ball said. “Every individual has the right to agree and/or disagree with these decisions. It is the role of public health to protect our community while abiding by these decisions. I am proud of our staff and community partners that have worked side by side with us throughout this pandemic.”
Ball praised everyone in the community who has reached out to the health department staff and board, and who continue to work with them every day, sometimes seven days a week.
“Our staff also would like to thank all the families and individuals we have to talked to everyday during our monitoring process,” Ball said. “We enjoy the conversation and it is a pleasure to serve you. Be well, healthy and stay safe.”
The Guernsey County Board of Health meets in regular session Wednesday.