March 22, 2023 12:53 am

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – The embattled Ottawa County administrative wellness officer is asking a judge to block far-appropriate county leaders from firing her till her lawsuit against them concludes.

In the Monday, March 13, filing, the lawyer for Administrative Overall health Officer Adeline Hambley asked a judge to forbid Ottawa Effect members on the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners from firing her although her lawsuit plays out in court.

It is the newest in Hambley’s suit against seven Ottawa Effect members who in January voted to demote her to an interim status to make way for an administrative wellness officer who aligns a lot more closely with them politically.

1 of these seven, Ottawa County Commissioner Rebekah Curran, has considering that announced she is no longer affiliated with the Ottawa Effect faction.

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In Michigan, wellness officers are not at-will workers and call for certain lead to to be fired. Hambley filed her lawsuit against the seven board members in February, alleging they strategy to fire her with no lead to and have demoted her with no lead to, amongst other claims.

In addition to damages and lawyer charges, Hambley is asking the court to reinstate her as the county’s wellness officer with no an interim designation and call for the board to stick to guidelines associated to “just cause” if they want to terminate her.

Earlier this month, a judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking the county leaders from firing Hambley.

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Hambley’s lawyer, Sarah Riley Howard, sought the emergency order out of fears Ottawa County Administrator John Gibbs quickly planned to fire Hambley. The county’s new corporate counsel, law firm Kallman Legal Group, named these claims entirely unfounded, as only the county board has the energy to fire Hambley.

The emergency order remains in impact by means of March 31, when Muskegon County Circuit Court Judge Jenny McNeill will hear arguments by Kallman to throw the case out and sanction Hambley as effectively as by Howard to properly preserve the firing ban in location.

1 of the essential arguments by Kallman is that Hambley is not now and by no means has been the county’s wellness officer. That argument came about following Ottawa Effect members on Feb. 28 voted to “correct” the resolution by the earlier county board that appointed Hambley.

The earlier board’s resolution appointing Hambley created her appointment contingent upon her passing a background verify and getting confirmed by the state wellness division.

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Nevertheless, the new Ottawa County Board of Commissioners, led by a ultra-conservative majority named Ottawa Effect, narrowly authorized a third contingency added to that prior appointment resolution, that the board be essential to vote once more to approve Hambley’s appointment.

Mainly because the board by no means held a second vote, Hambley’s appointment was by no means triggered, according to Kallman.

“The whole case is predicated on (Hambley’s) wrongful assertion that she is the completely appointed and permanent Ottawa County Overall health Officer. She is not and by no means has been,” wrote David Kallman with Kallman Legal Group.

“Because (Hambley) has by no means been appointed to be the permanent wellness officer, all of her claims collapse.”

The basis for the revision was the verbal motion created by former Ottawa County Commissioner Phil Kuyers on Dec. 13 introducing the resolution to appoint Hambley. Kuyers stated that Hambley’s appointment as wellness officer was contingent on the board’s approval, her passing a background verify and her confirmation by the state wellness division.

The unanimously authorized accompanying appointment resolution, nonetheless, only references the background verify and state wellness division confirmation needs. Hambley met these situations.

Howard wrote that the resolution, not the motion, is the precise will of the board.

“When a motion is created for the sole goal of proposing a a lot more detailed resolution, the motion is practically nothing other than the car by which the resolution is introduced and subsequently decided,” she wrote.

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