published Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Chattanooga: Lawmakers tell Erlanger board — again — to slow CEO search

 Chattanooga's Erlanger Hospital is seen in this aerial file photo.
Chattanooga's Erlanger Hospital is seen in this aerial file photo.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Tennessee lawmakers' letter to Erlanger
Tennessee lawmakers' letter to Erlanger

Apparently worried that Erlanger trustees are going to push up their timetable to name a CEO, every member of Hamilton County’s state legislative delegation has signed a letter telling the trustees to go slow.

“(I)t has come to our attention that the Board of Trustees is considering an accelerated process to select a new CEO,” states the letter dated Tuesday.

The lawmakers remind trustees that legislation is being prepared to amend the Hospital Authority Act under which Erlanger Health System operates

“In light of likely legislation that will affect the governance structure of the authority, any action to enter into a long-term contract with a new CEO at this time would be premature and could potentially burden the new governance structure with a contract that would be expensive and disruptive to terminate,” the letter states.

Trustees have been seeking a replacement for Jim Brexler, who was forced out in December 2011. A search committee is interviewing three finalists and hospital officials had said they expected a vote in March.

But rumors have been flying that the trustees might push up the vote, perhaps as soon as their Jan. 24 meeting.

Lawmakers signing the letter include state Sens. Bo Watson and Todd Gardenhire; Rep. Gerald McCormick, House Majority Leader, and Reps. JoAnne Favors, Vince Dean, Richard Floyd and Mike Carter.

See Friday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Judy Walton...

Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree ...

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