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Mr. Timothy Alan Bish

Regional Director

Four Long Term Care Facilities

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Four Long Term Care Facilities

Background Information

Employment History

Adjunct Professor

Indiana Wesleyan University

Administrator Interim

Ursuline Care Center

Executive Director

Christ Haven Ministries

Nursing Home Administrator

Ivy Woods Manor


Board of Trustees Member
Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD

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Timothy Bish, Morgan County Board of MRDD, 900 South Riverside Drive, McConnelsville, OH 43756

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Bish steps down amid accusations

Tim Bish signed a separation of employment agreement in August with the board that governs the agency, after the Ottawa County Board of Development Disabilities put him on paid leave June 11 and investigated allegations against him.
Since Bish became the superintendent in January, employees said he created a hostile work environment where they feared for their jobs and their safety, causing some of them to develop stress-related health problems, according to county records the News Herald obtained from the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office.
"I stepped down mainly because of the tension," Bish said Friday during a telephone interview. "It was affecting my health."
In an e-mail he sent to the News Herald on Friday afternoon, he said the board has a good program that will continue to serve the community.
"There is so much I had hoped I could have done for the community," he wrote.
"In the event that any legal action filed by any individual or entity arises from actions or allegations alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and June 15, 2009, Bish agrees to make himself available for interview, deposition or testimony at any hearing or other legal proceeding and cooperate fully with the Ottawa County Developmental Disabilities Board or the board's representative," the agreement specifies.
The board hired Bish, who was superintendent of the Morgan County Board of DD in southeast Ohio, to replace retired Superintendent Jim Frederick in January.
A few weeks later, employees said Bish began harassing them and making comments that caused them to fear their jobs would be eliminated.
Bish then asked her in front of two other workers, "Do you give sponge baths? the employee wrote in county records June 9.
"Later that afternoon, when I took some paperwork to Mr. Bish's office, he stopped me and asked me 'Are we OK about this morning?'" the employee wrote. "I once again felt uncomfortable and felt put on the spot and pressured and stated 'yeah' and left his office."
The next day, she found a gift on her desk, which Bish told her was from "Paintman," she wrote in county records.
Another employee, who was recovering from an injury and on Workers' Compensation, said Bish routinely harassed him regarding how his injury was affecting his work, records show. While this employee was off work for medical appointments, Bish sent him an e-mail at 4:14 p.m. Feb. 4 telling him to attend a meeting at 8 a.m. Feb. 6, records show.
The employee did not see the e-mail and missed the meeting, according to county records. When the employee e-mailed Bish back to let him know he had not received the message in time, Bish accused the employee of refusing to meet with him, records show.
"Of course, this is a violation of county policy and will be addressed," Bish wrote to the employee.
Courtney then convinced Bish disciplining the employee was unreasonable, Courtney wrote in county records.
During a later meeting with the employee, Bish was "aggressive and degrading," Courtney wrote.
During a late February meeting, Bish diagnosed his staff with having an "adjustment disorder" because they were grieving for Frederick's retirement, a board of DD nurse wrote June 9 in county records. The next month, she said she approached Bish and told him 20 employees had come to her office with stress-related symptoms "due to the hostile work environment as a result of his actions."
During the board's March 9 meeting, she expressed these concerns, she wrote. The next day, she was called to Bish's office, where he sat with his back to her while he typed on his computer, she wrote.
"After a short while, he spun around, slammed a piece of paper down on his desk and came across the desk towards me in a physical and intimidating way," she wrote in county records.
"In effect, (Peterson) cut off any access to any help the staff needed to report or deal with the actions of Mr. Bish," the nurse wrote.
Bish wanted sweeping change, employees say
In his letter of interest for the Ottawa County Board of DD job, Bish billed himself as a leader who could make positive changes and streamline operations. He touted his background as a professor at Southern Ohio College and his work for the Wesleyan Church in Galloway.
When the board hired Bish, employees said they knew some things at the agency would change, Courtney wrote in county records.
They questioned, however, why Bish did not get to know any of them or learn about how the agency and its programs operate before deciding to reduce services and target certain individuals for job elimination.
Bish created an environment where employees were pitted against each other and believed he felt they were incompetent and, in some cases, dishonest, the employees wrote in county records.
Bish accused one employee and Frederick of Medicaid fraud and told other employees the agency would have to pay $240,000, county records show.
"I told (Dublin Management Group) that (Bish) is his own worst enemy and creates chaos by the way he handles his employees and that I was thinking I had a good enough working relationship with him that I could discuss with him maybe bringing out the kinder, gentler Tim," Courtney wrote.
The Rev. Lisa Peterson, board president for Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities shakes hands with Tim Bish during an earlier meeting. Bish has resigned from his position as director of the agency.
The Rev. Lisa Peterson, board president for Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities shakes hands with Tim Bish during an earlier meeting. Bish has resigned from his position as director of the agency. (Submitted file photo)

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