Kirk was appointed to the administrator position a month ago to iron out the financial issues. Kirk also is the director of administration at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, a position she has held for seven years.
In an emergency meeting last month, the Putnam County Board of Health laid off the department's entire staff of 12 employees and voted to provide services through Kanawha-Charleston.
Putnam's yearly $414,000 state allotment will fund that contract.
With that money, Kanawha-Charleston can fill about six full-time positions, including sanitarians, a nurse and a clerical worker.
After six months, the board will re-evaluate the contract and determine whether to continue.
Kirk said the goal is for Putnam to reopen once its finances are stable.
The Putnam board's financial crisis stemmed in part from attorney fees it incurred as it fought a grievance from a former employee. An administrative law judge ordered the employee reinstated in 2011.
Officials also have said the rent at the health department's most recent facility was too high. The department moved into the larger facility in Teays Valley in 2010 in hopes of expanding services.
It now has more than $215,000 in overdue debts.
In other news:
*Brenda Isaac was re-elected president of the Kanawha-Charleston board. She has served since August 2002 and was first elected president July 1, 2011.
*Kanawha-Charleston is encouraging back-to-school clinics for Kindergarten to college. Seventh-graders and high school seniors are required to have Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines. Bring all vaccine records to the vaccine clinic. For a registration form, cost and insurance information, visit www.kchdwv.org.
Clinics are available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 and 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13.
* The board has also won a Dr. Marie Fallon Leadership Award from the National Association of Local Boards of Health for its work in leadership within the community. Isaac said it is the only local board of health to receive this award.