Rural Health Care District implements Conflict of Interest policy
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
June 2, 2010
At a Special Meeting held on Tuesday, June 1st, the Sublette County Rural Health Care District board voted in a new Conflict of Interest Policy for the board and district staff. It was a 2-1 vote in favor of passing.
The Sublette County Rural Health Care Board is an elected board which is currently composed of Bill Budd, Cindy Van, Ken Shriver and Dave Racich. On May 16th, Dick Kalber resigned from the board and Bill Budd stepped down as Chairman. Dave Racich is currently serving as the new Chairman for the board. For the vote on the new Conflict of Interest Policy, Cindy Van and Ken Shriver voted for the policy; Bill Budd voted against it. Dave Racich did not vote, since, as Chairman, he only votes to break a tie.
Below is the text of the new policy.
Sublette County Rural Health Care District
Board Policy 001
BOARD AND STAFF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Purpose: To minimize potential conflicts of interest for the Board and staff and address actions when conflict exists.
In the event a Board member is employed by a corporation or business which furnishes good or services to the SCRHCD or is in direct competition with the SCRHCD, the Board member shall declare said interest and must absence themselves from the meeting. The board member may not act directly or indirectly for the district in the inspection, operation, administration or performance of the contract.
Board members may not hold incompatible positions, such that neither boards nor their spouses, nor relatives residing in the same household shall be employed by the district in any capacity.
No employee, except upon express Board approval, will be placed in any position where direct administrative supervisory authority is exercised by a close relative or by any other relative residing in the same household. No relative of any employee will be shown preference for employment in any position.
Thank you to Bob Rule, KPIN 101.1 FM Radio, and Lorraine Gatzke, CFO, Sublette County Rural Health Care District, for their contribution to this article.