Indictments could disrupt Broward Health's search for new CEO

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health board members had planned to interview finalists for the position of CEO on Jan. 22. However, that process may be disrupted, as board chairman Rocky Rodriguez and four current and former leaders of the health system are scheduled to be arraigned on criminal charges that day, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The state attorney's office served summonses Tuesday on Broward Health Interim President and CEO Beverly Capasso, General Counsel Lynn Barrett, board chairman Rocky Rodriguez, board member Christopher T. Ure and former board member Linda Robison. The summonses were issued after a grand jury returned an indictment against them. The leaders are accused of holding private meetings at which they decided to oust former Interim CEO Pauline Grant.  

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed all the board members, and he has not decided whether to suspend them due to the criminal charges. If the governor does suspend the two current board members who face criminal charges, the board would be left with three members, which is fewer than the minimum number of members legally required to do business, according to the report.

Former Florida Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, who represented part of northern Broward County, told the Sun-Sentinel the governor needs to replace the two board members. "I think they need to follow through with removing them from their positions and replacing them with competent people who can be trusted to do the right thing," she said.

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