The Franklin County Health Department has not inspected every restaurant in the county over the past three years, according to records obtained by News 4.
State law requires health departments to inspect every eating establishment in its city or county at least once a year. That includes restaurants, school cafeterias, convenience stores, grocery stores and daycare centers.
But the Franklin County Health Department failed to inspect 63 percent of the eating establishments in 2011 and 26 percent in 2012.
During those years, the department had two inspectors out on leave and did not have enough staff to pick up the slack, according to Angie Hiltson, the county’s health department director.
Hiltson told News 4 the department now has one full-time and one part-time inspector and is asking the county for additional funds to hire another full time inspector.