Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dental Board Fires Executive Director

Note: The post originally stated that Ms. Howell resigned. 

The Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners fired the Executive Director, Dianne Howell, Monday.  She has served in that position since 1994.

The Board met in a marathon executive session Friday that lasted all day and went into the night.  It is not known why she was fired.

The Board's website still states she is the Executive Director.


33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously, she had some bad teeth.

Anonymous said...

I understand she was fired...

Anonymous said...

Did she fight tooth and nail to keep her job?

Anonymous said...

They couldn't fire her, she quit first!

Anonymous said...

*FIRED- WONDER IF SHES BEEN STEALING FROM THE STATE? IS SOMEONE LOOKIN INTO THIS?

Anonymous said...

This is a KF story that I can get my teeth into. Maybe someone is taking a bite out of crime?

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Who knew there was a dental board? Does this position carry more status than the head of the Hair-Weave Board?

Anonymous said...

Falsifying time sheets

Anonymous said...

Don't we need a pot-hole board?

Anonymous said...

Was there a problem with failure to floss regularly?

Anonymous said...

Keep the comments coming! Better than any comedy routines.

StarRider said...

All y'all need to keep them day jobs, cause y'all ain't never gonna make it as comedians.

Anonymous said...

If it is falsifying time sheets, that's over half of the state workforce --- fire away!

Anonymous said...

Its about time! This woman has been a thorn in the dental community for years. She was a lawsuit waiting to happen. Glad someone decided to do something about it before the state got sued due to her lack of moral and ethical ineptitude. In my experience, she was a racist and hated black people.

Anonymous said...

@ July 5, 2018 at 7:47 PM

What executive director at a state agency turns in a time-sheet? Who does their time? Their own HR department or DFA and then they report it to the Governor's mansion?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of this woman. Is she the person that shutdown the Fondren dental location on corner of state st and northside drive? Thought there was some controversy there. Any one know?

Anonymous said...

I heard the deputy director was in on this too? Are they looking into her too? People get arrested all the time for padding retirement in the state. If she was falsifying time bet there’s some money missing and bet deputy Director was in cahoots too! Somebody better get on this and get our taxpaying dollars back!!!

Anonymous said...

I know the director and deputy director. Both get paid the big bucks but somehow manage to never be in the office. Must be nice. Wish everyone got those hours! Sleeping in and going to the office at 2 in the afternoon off by 6. Nice

Anonymous said...

Attn 8:11 Is "lack of moral and ethical ineptitude" a good or a bad thing? In your uneducated attempt at appearing intelligent, it appears a positive characteristic. Stick to your level of communicating.

Anonymous said...

And giving herself a raise every year. At a place with no HR department. And supplementing her pay also without approval..... Who else is in cahoots with her- Deputy Director????????

Madison Doctor said...

Dentist for years have been trying to practice medicine....the ED has let this happen! Glad she is gone!

Anonymous said...

Bet this has something to do with all these audits the state is doing trying to get rid of government corruption- I smell a good story coming ahead on this one. Does anyone know if this has been or is being investigated?

Anonymous said...

If this is a BOARD of dental that then implies there is a board. If so and there is anything corrupt going on, why did she hold that position for so long. Seems to me the members of that board should have nipped this in the bud long time ago

Anonymous said...

Madison Doctor @1:55, give us more details.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who saw the article about the woman in the delta who got arrested for comp time? So why did she get arrested and this chick didn’t? Or her “deputy director” associate whatever you want to call it

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...

Speaking of this woman. Is she the person that shutdown the Fondren dental location on corner of state st and northside drive? Thought there was some controversy there. Any one know?
July 6, 2018 at 10:29 AM"

A search for the dentist on the MS State Board of Dental Examiners website who was treating patients at that location revealed his license was revoked. Per the website, a number of complaints were submitted and after reviewing and investigating, members of the board took action.

Anonymous said...

"Glad someone decided to do something about it before the state got sued due to her lack of moral and ethical ineptitude."

I wish more people had 'a lack of moral and ethical ineptitude'.

By the way, exempt employees don't 'turn in time sheets' and 'comp time' has nothing to do with state retirement. She can certainly be fired for never showing up, but there is no legal requirement that a person filling a position like this sit at a desk for 8 hours a day. Sheesh at all you people pissing in the wind.

Anonymous said...

@ July 7, 9:14 AM
Obviously you have never held a government job/position. The state handbook declares that employees are expected to work reasonable hours. It does also state that the state encourages employees to use leave time whether personal or sick. With that being said, a person could be considered taking advantage of their position of authority if they have complete and total disregard for reasonable working hours, this in fact is a problem. The state handbook outlines these expectations, Please reference these before commenting any further. This agency in question had a director with blatant disregard for time/authority.

Anonymous said...

@8:58,
I knew of the location and the dentist you are speaking about. I had a few people call me as a result of him. He apparently charged peoples card for certain follow ups and would charge it without consent as he stored it on file. Also his staff was 100% clueless. He was also an arrogant a$$ that really treated people poorly. I called the clinic and spoke to them for a client.

Anonymous said...

12:35 - I only held a state government management position for twenty five years. Your little references to a state employee handbook do nothing to establish policy as relates to an exempt employee being required to be at a desk and a board member is not a state employee. Recommending employees work reasonable hours or encouraging them to take personnel leave are not examples of policy. She can be fired for any reason or none at all as long as the reason is not a violation of federal labor law. There is no state labor law in Mississippi. Not sure what you're getting at, but it failed anyway.

Anonymous said...

@3:57 you held a position for 25 years but can’t spell or know the difference of personal/sick leave between personnel leave. She is under Pers of MS and has to fill out a time sheet. Claiming all that false comp time will get anyone fired working for state. Yes she answers to the Board and yes they can get rid of her for anything. She, like everyone else, still has to work a normal work day and not just “say she put in 8 hours”......get your facts straight

Anonymous said...

12:57 - Sorry that I misspelled personal. You have no idea what you're talking about. Exempt, appointed employees and board members do not fill out time sheets. You're wrong. There is no such thing as 'a normal work day' as defined in any state employee handbook. You're wrong. Your only correct statement so far is that 'claiming false comp time can get someone fired'. That's true but has nothing to do with a handbook. We don't know why the woman was terminated. If you do know, quit stating inaccurate crap and state your evidence.

"The state handbook declares....". Bullshit! Prove it.

Anonymous said...

What happened to the yapper at 7:47, 12:35 and 12:57? He was called and folded....

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