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Application Deadline 2:00 p.m., Friday December 10, 2010


November 24, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) Board is seeking applications to fill an empty seat on the Board.


The appointee must be available to serve the remaining two years of the seat’s four-year term until early December 2012, following the November 2012 general election.


GHD is a public agency that supports various health-related programs and services in East County. Individuals desiring additional information can view the Notice of Vacancy and Application Instructions posted on the GHD website here, or contact Barry Jantz, GHD Chief Executive Officer, at (619) 825-5050. The Board will consider the appointing the new Director no earlier than its regular scheduled meeting on December 17.


The vacant seat on the GHD board became available following the resignation of Jim Stieringer on November 5, “in order to be considered for appointment to the Project Liaison Monitor position,” he stated in his resignation letter. But after questions arose about the propriety and legality of such a move, Stieringer’s application for the $60,000 job was rejected by the Board after a closed-door meeting, when it was also decided not to fill the Project Liaison Monitor position at that time.


Stieringer asked to rescind his resignation, however in another closed session November 15, Grossmont Hospital District's Board unanimously found he should not get his old seat on the board back. Terry Francke, legal counsel for Californians Aware, a nonprofit organization that protects citizens’ access to records and provides advise on open government laws, sent the Board a letter stating that the deliberations should have been public, and the Board repeated this vote in public session on November 23.


Stieringer had served on the board since 1992.


The tax-supported District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, and today serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit their website.

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