"If the state has oversight, how accountable are they?"
That's a fair question.
How was this supposed to work? Who was supposed to prevent the almost quarter-million-dollar deficit?
The commission has been taking it on the chin for failing to prevent this mess, but that may be way too simplistic an assumption.
State officials need to provide the public a more complete explanation of what happened here.
That includes how much the state employee won from state taxpayers by grieving and what effect that had on the department's finances.
The Putnam Health Department is a public agency, funded jointly by state and county taxpayers.
None of the details of this mess should be shielded from public view.