DHHR Lawyer Fired

Another lawyer has been fired at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources after a contract dispute. General Counsel Jennifer Taylor says she was notified of the termination Monday. She was involved in a contract bidding dispute and objected to the way a six-figure advertising contract was handled, and was then reassigned after objecting. Former DHHR Assistant Secretary John Law and Deputy Secretary Susan Perry were also reassigned. Law was fired last month. Last week, Kanawha County prosecutor Mark Plants said an investigation arising from the dispute found signs of policy violations and bad judgment but no criminal intent. He said no criminal charges would be filed. Whistleblower lawsuits filed against the DHHR by Taylor and Perry are pending.