published Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Resident calls out Erlanger board at commission meeting

A former Erlanger employee today appeared before the Hamilton County Commission to accuse the Erlanger board of violating the state’s open meetings law before selecting a new CEO.

Resident Patrick Kellogg, who resigned from his patient services position in March 2012 to pursue community work in the city of Chattanooga, accused the hospital board of violating the law on four specific occasions prior to appointing Kevin Spiegel as its new chief executive Monday. He said all actions taken during those meetings — including the discussion of other CEO candidates — should be void under the law.

Mayor Jim Coppinger said legislation to reform the public hospital’s management is expected to go to the state Senate today.

Citing a lack of community input at the hospital board, Kellogg urged commissioners to look closely at upcoming legislation and took specific issue with the proposed self-perpetuating board and its initial selection process.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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