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O'Dell Releases Statement On Dismissal From CMH
Friday Sep 01, 2017 9:31am
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(STURGIS) – Elizabeth O'Dell says her removal as the Executive Director of Community Mental Health and Sexual Abuse Services was not legal.

In a statement released through her attorney Ross E. Chapman, O'Dell says that the termination of her employment was illegal and violated her contract of employment.

O'Dell goes on to say that this wrongful action is the culmination of the St. Joseph County CMH, under the control of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, wastefully spending thousands of dollars in a misguided quest to have her terminated.

O'Dell says those were dollars that should have been spent on public services including mental health services and substance abuse services.

O'Dell says she intends to pursue justice through the courts.

On Tuesday, the CMH Board voted unanimously to have O'Dell removed as the Executive Director. They cited four reasons that included O'Dell directing legal council to perform legal work without the Board's knowledge; holding and participating in meetings that violated the Open Meetings Act; directing the CMH Chief Financial Officer to ignore the ability to pay rules under the Mental Health Code and waiving the attorney-client privilege without Board authorization by sending draft documents prepared by legal council to third parties.



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