Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. has named Jaime Masters as the acting director of the county’s Combat program.
Combat – the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax – is the county’s chief law-enforcement tax. It’s a quarter-cent sales tax that raises $22 million a year for a wide variety of anti-drug and anti-violence programs.
Last week White named a new director, Teesha Miller, who came to the county in February to develop its new prescription drug monitoring program.
But county legislators objected, saying White did not follow the public selection process that had been outlined, and in a rare move they voted unanimously this week to reject Miller’s appointment.
White strongly objected to that move. His new executive order, naming Masters, says she will serve “until the appointment of a permanent director” and will remain the county’s chief of health services.