Former Health Commissioner Overpaid by $31,000

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Columbus – A former Health Commissioner of the Greene County Joint Combined Health District received an overpayment of more than $31,000, according to an audit released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
“Local governments must review and adhere to employment contracts,” Auditor Yost said. “Failure to do so costs the taxpayers.”   
The Greene County Board of Health’s contract with former Health Commissioner Mark McDonnell expired and was not renewed on June 30, 2013.
McDonnell’s contract stated that no more than 30 hours of annual leave could carry-over into the next year. When McDonnell left the district, he received a payout for his entire unused leave, totaling 946 hours. Based on his contract, McDonnell should have received a payout for 469 hours, a difference of $31,146.
A finding for recovery has been issued against McDonnell in the full amount. Current board member Nancy Terwoord approved the payout and is held jointly and severally liable in same amount.
A full copy of this audit may be accessed online.


The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Press Secretary