Linda Robb could officially be out by the end of the week as the leader of the human services department in Benton and Franklin counties.
Benton County officials have lost confidence in Robb because of ongoing management issues within the bicounty department, Commissioner Jerome Delvin said.
Benton County officials plan to deliver a letter to Robb, who has been on administrative leave for unspecified reasons, that may spell the end for the executive director.
Delvin would not confirm whether the letter is an official notice of termination or what issues commissioners have with the job Robb has done.
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However, the chairman of the Benton County board told the Herald the “writing is on the wall” that Robb will no longer lead the human services department.
“There are dedicated employees (in the human services department),” Delvin said. “We just need to get a leader in there that can lead.”
Robb could not be reached to talk about her potential departure. Delvin said it is possible Robb could resign from her position.
Franklin County Commissioner Brad Peck does not support the letter being given to Robb, he said Wednesday. He stated it was premature and additional information is needed before a decision could be made.
“Personally I have not seen any performance issues that rise to the level of needing a replacement,” Peck said.
Commissioners from Benton and Franklin counties held a meeting Wednesday to discuss personnel and other matters within the department. They met in executive session for almost an hour to talk about the personnel issues.
During the public part of the meeting, Delvin motioned for the letter, which was reviewed in executive session, to be delivered to Robb by Benton County officials.
Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant told commissioners his office is waiting on information it requested and advised waiting on a final decision regarding Robb’s job status.
Both Peck and Delvin confirmed there are no allegations of criminal wrongdoing on Robb’s part.
There are several positions open within the human services department, including finance and an administrative assistant, Delvin said.
Delvin said Kyle Sullivan, a former supervisor at Crisis Response in Kennewick, is currently overseeing the department.
Also during the meeting, commissioners discussed the closing of the only detox center in the Tri-Cities, which was operated by Tri-Cities Community Health.
The center was shut down in June following a state audit, which determined the facility could no longer house patients with mental health and chemical dependency issues together. Delvin said it also revealed some issues with training and documentation.
Commissioners will try and work to find an agency to take over the detox center contract so the facility can be reopened, Delvin said. However, financial challenges and problems with the building have made that difficult so far.