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Fayette health board agrees on settlement offer for ousted commissioner


Questions continue to hover over the dismissal of Lexington’s former health commissioner just three months into the job.

The city’s Board of Health went into executive session as they discussed how to handle terms of a settlement with former commissioner Dr. Sheila Owens-Collins. After the closed-door portion of the meeting, they were tight-lipped. This is board chair Dr. Rodney Jackson, pressed for more details by local media.

LEX18 later reported the board agreed on the terms of a settlement after being made aware of Owens-Collin’s plans to sue over the issue.

The termination of the commissioner just months into her tenure at the helm has raised concerns for some health department employees, who told the station they would like to see more transparency.

Owens-Collins was appointed to the top position on January 10 and removed by a board vote on April 8. Until her arrival, the post had been vacant since Dr. Joel McCullough’s resignation in July 2022. McCullough also had a brief stay in the post, serving about six months.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.