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Champaign health commissioner resigns

Talk about residency clause ended with King’s departure, assistant prosecutor says.

The Champaign County Health District commissioner reportedly abruptly resigned during a meeting this week after board members began discussing his contract.

Brad King was hired last February to replace Shelia Hiddleson, who had served as health commissioner in Champaign County since 2005. Jeff Webb is now the county’s interim commissioner.

King resigned after board members began discussing on a clause in his contract that required he move to the community within one year, said Champaign County Assistant Prosecutor Jane Napier.

“He had not moved here. His family still lives close to Cincinnati, and he decided to resign,” Napier said.

King did not immediately return calls from the News-Sun.

His resignation was effective immediately.

During King’s tenure he received verbal reprimands about managing his employees, but no written reprimands were found in his personnel file, Napier said.

Health district officials contacted by the News-Sun on Thursday referred calls about King to the Champaign County Prosecutor’s Office.

King had been the health commissioner for the Norwood City Health Department from late 2011 to 2013 before he accepted the position in Champaign County.

As the city of Norwood health commissioner, King coordinated a team of five staff members.

He was responsible for all aspects of the health department, including nursing, environmental health, nuisance abatement, vital statistics, health behavior and promotion, and grants coordination.

King also served several years working for the Warren County Health Department.

King received a master’s degree in public health from Wright State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.

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