Veterans director quits due to ‘hostile work environment’

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By Denise G. Callahan

Her departure after just 11 months on the job is the latest controversy involving the vet board, and it has at least one county commissioner demanding that something be done to fix the agency that some are calling “dysfunctional.”

Bier hand-delivered her resignation letter on Saturday to board secretary Bob Perry, which listed her reasons for quitting. At the top of the list: Board President Fred Southard, who Bier said created a hostile work environment for her.

“The repeated accusations, negative comments, personal attacks and disrespect that have been displayed towards me is affecting both my physical and mental health,” Bier wrote about Southard in her resignation letter.

Southard told this newspaper he had no comment until after the vet board meets in a special session Wednesday to discuss the matter.

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