Missouri Health Director Jane Drummond may have a hard time keeping her job, thanks to her role in allowing Joplin River of Life Ministries to continue operating group homes despite recommendations to close the facilities.
Ms. Drummond, who is serving as director while waiting for Senate confirmation, may not receive the backing of her state senator, Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, according to an Associated Press article:
Records obtained by The Associated Press show health department regulators had met Jan. 17, 2006, in the office of Drummond - then the department's legal counsel - to discuss why the Anderson home and two others run by Joplin River of Life Ministries Inc. were operating under temporary permits, instead of full licenses. In a Jan. 24 e-mail to Drummond referencing the meeting, the department's long-term care program manager, Bill Toenies, said he and long-term care section director Debra Cheshier "would like to proceed with application denials" for Anderson Guest House and the two Joplin facilities. The e-mail referred to financial problems with the facilities. Instead of denying the licenses, the health department granted a series of temporary operating permits that were revoked only after the fire.