The St. John’s Health Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. today to take up public business brushed aside while the board worked to fill a vacancy.
The trustees ran out of time to complete business now on today’s agenda because they spent much of last Tuesday’s meeting publicly discussing candidate strengths before appointing a new trustee, as they continue to wrestle with allegations of violating Wyoming’s open meetings law.
Today, the board will deliberate on appointing new committee chairs and members, as well as a 2023 calendar.
Trustee Chair Katharine Conover-Keller proposed creating a special Litigation Committee at Tuesday’s meeting to address the public access lawsuit. Her vision, which was unanimously approved by the board, was that the committee would consist of herself, along with “no more than two board members, and maybe an adviser,” in order to “keep it small.”
While administrative committee business must be conducted publicly, the committees themselves can legally meet in private, as long as each committee has fewer than four trustees and does not create a quorum. The board consists of seven members, and it would take four to sway a vote, so a three-trustee Litigation Committee would mean deliberations can be kept out of public view.
Since Conover-Keller leads the Nomination Governance Committee and no single board member can chair two committees, the board will have to vote to approve shifting her role to chairing the new Litigation Committee. At last week’s meeting, she proposed former trustee Chair Cynthia Hogan take the reins of the Nomination Governance Committee from her.
Hogan had headed the Strategy and Human Resources Committee, so Conover-Keller proposed Trustee Evan Jones take the lead for that committee.
After Trustee Scott Gibson submitted a resignation letter in January, despite almost two years left in his term, the board voted in finance expert Jim Hunt at Tuesday’s meeting. Gibson served as the Finance, IT, and Facilities Committee chair, so trustees at the special meeting today will look at the sudden hole in leadership of that committee as well. Conover-Keller nominated Hunt.
Raised in a Brazilian-American household in Southern California, Miranda is fascinated by the intersection of culture and ecology. She holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia and is searching for jackalopes in her free time.
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