W.Va. health department to fire 1 of 3 on leave - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

W.Va. health department to fire 1 of 3 on leave

CHARLESTON (AP) -

West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources plans to fire 1 of 3 officials placed on leave amid a dispute contract bids.

Department spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman says Assistant Secretary John Law will be dismissed Jan. 23.

Law has been on administrative leave since July along with Deputy Secretary Susan Perry and general counsel Jennifer Taylor. That action followed a running disagreement over the scoring of bids for a six-figure advertising contract.

Perry and Taylor have since filed separate whistleblower lawsuits. Law did not sue, but said Tuesday he is considering his options.

The department's inspector general has investigated the case and filed a report with Kanawha County's prosecutor. A decision by that office is expected by February.

The 56-year-old Law has been with the department since 2001.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.