Harrison County Home welcomes new administrator

COUNTY HOME — The Harrison County Home provides a caring environment for senior citizens in the Cadiz area, according to Edward Banks, the facility’s new administrator. - Dylan McKenzie

CADIZ — There’s a new administrator at the Harrison County Home.

Edward Banks, a lifetime resident of the county, was appointed to the position during last week’s county commissioners’ meeting.

Banks takes the reins from Joy Taggert, who served as the home’s administrator for 31 years. Taggert received recognition and a plaque from the commissioners.

“Thank you for the opportunity,” Banks told commissioners. “I’ll do my best to serve the individuals at the county home.”

Banks is no stranger to the health care business, previously serving as director of operations for the now-defunct Voca Corp. Banks said he has retired twice in the past, but “became somewhat bored with retirement” and decided to apply for the administrator’s position.

Commissioner Don Bethel noted the commissioners are “proud to have (Banks).”

Banks said he will be looking to improve security at the county home, as he noted he wants to make sure that residents under his care are as safe as possible. He added he will be exploring new policies and procedures to help make the building more secure.

“I feel excited,” Banks said. “The former administrator left everything in a condition that we just have to start down that same road she was already on.”