Commissioners and Bonnie O’Neill discuss forming an interview committee for the nursing home administrator positions and set interview dates during a commissioners’ meeting on March 2. PHOTO BY KEELY LARSON

Interviews for nursing home administrator positions will be in-house

Dates set for next week

During the Madison County Commissioner’s weekly meeting on Feb. 23, the commissioners unanimously moved to approve authorization for filling two nursing home administrator positions in-house at both county nursing facilities and approved advertising the position in-house for five days. The positions will be permanent, full-time and exempt.

The nursing home administrator positions at Madison Valley Manor (MVM) in Ennis and Tobacco Roots Mountain Care Center (TRMCC) in Sheridan were posted on Jan. 5 and closed Jan. 31. Concern was raised after the commissioners decided to open applications for the positions externally, when two local employees were working towards their administrative licenses.

Gail Nelson, Administrator in Training (AIT) with TRMCC, and Alison Veland, AIT with MVM, both passed the national exams that are part of the AIT program and are now fully licensed nursing home administrators in the state of Montana.

“That’s been the plan for a number of months,” Commissioner Jim Hart said. The decision to open the position was a plan B in case the local AITs did not pass their exams, he explained.

Opening the position for five more days gave Nelson and Veland—and potential other in-house applications, though it is likely these women are the only qualified applicants—time to apply with their full credentials in place. Hart said interviews will only be set up for in-house applicants.

The commissioners sent personnel policies and the nursing home administrator job descriptions to the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) to check that everything was done correctly. They received confirmation that the process was carried out appropriately.

Interview dates for the administrator positions were set for next Monday morning during Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting.

The five-day period for opening the position in-house closes Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The commissioners approved an interview committee consisting of all three Madison County Commissioners and the two directors of nursing. Madison County Public Information Officer Bonnie O’Neill will facilitate the interviews.

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