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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Health department hires new director

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  • Harvey County officials announced Monday Lynnette Redington has been hired as the new director of the Harvey County Health Department.?“I’m very honored to have this position, and I will do my best,” Redington told Harvey County Commissioners during their meeting Monday.?Redington had been serving as the interim health department director after the previous director, Jo Miller, accepted a position at the Pueblo, Colo., city/county public health department. Redington worked for the Harvey County Community Partnership for more than a decade, serving as a youth coordinator and director.?Redington holds a master of education degree from The Pennsylvania State University and earned her bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University - Cook College in New Jersey.?John Waltner, county administrator, said three candidates were interviewed for the position, and Redington eventually was selected.?“She is, needless to say, as thrilled about it as we are,” Waltner said. “... That really is a very, very good fit. Everybody was really very impressed.”Other businessCounty commissioners also approved an airport ground lease agreement with a company called Exelis Inc., based out of Herndon, Va.?Newton City Attorney Bob Myers reports Exelis has a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration for the development of a national air traffic surveillance system consisting of a series of ground stations and communications infrastructure which will provide air traffic data to the FAA for the purposes of air traffic control. Their lease with the Newton City/County Airport would provide them with a 25 by 25 foot site to build a 110 foot tower and antenna facility.?“It is felt this is a plus and a benefit to our airport to get to host this,” Myers said.?While the company will be responsible for costs of construction and operation, they will not be required to make rent payments on the property.?The City Commission will consider the agreement at their Oct. 9 meeting.

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