County department merger up for discussion


WALLA WALLA -- A proposed merger of the Walla Walla County Human Services and Health departments will be the subject of an informational meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the DHS downstairs conference room, 1520 Kelly Place.

Harvey Crowder, Health Department administrator, said consolidation of the departments would expand services while reducing management overhead. Consolidation, if approved, would begin sometime after the departure of Human Service Department Director Daryl Daugs, who is resigning effective Tuesday to return to his home county of Kitsap, where he will head Habitat for Humanity.

County commissioners have also said a decision about the merger would be made soon before establishing department budgets for 2013.


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