Commissioners fire head of county elderly dept.

Marion County Commission Chairman Bob Hein confirmed Monday that after an hour executive session meeting Feb. 12, Jayne Gott?schalk was terminated as head of the elderly department.

Hein said Gottschalk?s pay and benefits will extend into March. She had been with the department seven months with no apparent difficulties, he said.

The action followed apparent conflicts between Gottschalk and Lanelle Hett, transportation director in the department.

Gottschalk had said during the earlier meeting that a commission decision might require her to resolve working with Hett or for both of them to lose their jobs.

Hein said there may be other actions or discussion to follow in this week?s Tuesday meeting, delayed from the regular Monday meeting by Presi?dents Day.

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