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Judge Won't Reinstate Ex-W.Va. DHHR Administrator


A former Department of Health and Human Resources administrator has lost a bid to be reinstated before her lawsuit against the agency is completed.
Former deputy secretary Susan Perry and former general counsel Jennifer Taylor each filed whistleblower lawsuits against the DHHR in 2012. They alleged that they were wrongly placed on leave after they raised questions about the scoring of bids for an advertising contract.

Both were later fired.
The Charleston Gazette reports that Perry’s lawyer, Walt Auvil, asked Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge James Stucky on Friday to reinstate Perry and grant her back pay before her lawsuit is completed. Stucky denied the request.
Perry contends that former acting DHHR secretary Rocco Fucillo didn’t have authority to fire her because lawmakers never approved his appointment.