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Dooley Defends County Health Director’s Second Job

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St. Louis County Health Director, Dr. Dolores Gunn.
(KMOX/file photo)

St. Louis County Health Director, Dr. Dolores Gunn.
(KMOX/file photo)

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Dr. Dolores Gunn, who makes $152,000 as the St. Louis County Health Director, also works part time at the Union County Hospital in Anna, Illinois and County Executive Charlie Dooley says she has his blessing.

“Dr. Gunn is a respected employee of St. Louis County. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Gunn’s ability,” Dooley said Tuesday.

The county executive says he gave Gunn approval to work at the hospital in rural Illinois during time off from her duties as health director.

In an interview with KMOX News, Gunn stressed her job at St. Louis County is her top priority.

“I’m not working during my work week, if I spend my off days and my personal time down there,” Gunn said, “and I just want to make sure you’re very clear on that. It’s my off time and my personal days, but I have to do forty-plus hours a week in St. Louis County.”

When asked about reports that she is often at the hospital in Anna on Thursdays, Gunn explained that she works there on Thursdays only when she has already worked extra hours for St. Louis County in the same pay period and has a personal day upcoming.

Dooley says there’s nothing in the county charter which prevents Gunn from holding that part-time job.

Anna, Illinois is across the Mississippi River from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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