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Mecklenburg County recognizes the importance of providing residents information regarding programs and services. As the Public Health transition commences, this site will serve as a repository for key documents and reports. Have questions? Contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions:
To the many people who submitted questions about the Mecklenburg County Health Department transition to County service provision, thank you.
The County is committed to being transparent and communicating decisions in a timely manner. On January 31, 2012, County Manager Harry Jones communicated that there would be no service adjustment or service elimination to Public Health Department Services for Mecklenburg County in Fiscal Year 2013.
Some of the questions we have received are about specific jobs and retirement. We are still early in the planning process of the transition and, as such, are unable to answer your questions about the jobs that will be available and a timeframe that the recruitment process may begin at this time.
Human Resources representatives from CHS and the County have been working together to learn and understand each other’s benefit systems. Although we are unable to answer questions that affect you individually right now, we encourage you to review the About Mecklenburg County Employment information at left to get familiar with the County’s benefits and retirement system. Once the County is prepared to move into the recruitment process, County HR staff will plan to provide a detailed overview of the County’s benefits, including the retirement system.
We sincerely thank you all for your questions and ask for your continued patience. Over the course of this transition, we are committed to ensuring you have the information that you need to make the best decisions for yourselves and your families.
Question: Can I buy my CHS service time in the County's retirement system?
Answer: The County has received clarification from the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) regarding the option to purchase your time with Carolinas HealthCare System for credit into LGERS. The LGERS has determined your service with Carolinas HealthCare System may be purchased under the provisions of North Carolina General Statutes § 128-26(s) once you have obtained 5 years of membership service in your current LGERS account. View more information on this topic.
Question: Your goal of transparency is being challenged by the slow leak of information: word is that some parts of PH will be transferred to the County in 2012. If this is true I think your credibility will be enhanced if they are told this ASAP; if not true that should be communicated to stifle the rumor mill.
Answer: The County is committed to being transparent and communicating decisions as soon as they are made. Pursuant to agreement with CHS, the County will make decisions prior to February 1, 2012 with respect to service changes. A lot of factors affect the transition process. Representatives from the County and CHS are working together. Decisions will be communicated as soon as they are finalized.