Members of the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County Board voted to remove executive director Liz O’Dell from her position pending an upcoming audit.
Newly appointed board member John Dobberteen said the audit and subsequent administrative leave for O’Dell were good for the honesty and sincerity of the process.
The process will put O’Dell on paid leave, with benefits, for the duration of the process. During that time she will not be allowed to have access to email, the server, employees, legal council or any direct communication with the agency.
Former CMH executive director Kristine Kirsch, who spent 10 years in the position before, agreed to take on the role of acting director during the audit.
Board members maintained that the review is not a disciplinary issue against O’Dell or CMH, but rather to protect the integrity of the process.