Former West Virginia health system CEO accused of harassing his replacement

Morgantown, W.Va.-based Mon Health System's former president and CEO, who was placed on a leave of absence in February and resigned in March, has been charged with harassment, according to The Dominion Post.

Darryl Duncan was placed on leave Feb. 7, after more than 20 physicians at Mon Health's flagship hospital signed a letter of no confidence in him. After a two-month leave, he resigned effective March 19.

According to The Dominion Post, which cited a criminal complaint, Mr. Duncan is accused of sending multiple emails to his former employer after he resigned with the intent to harass his replacement. Mr. Duncan is also accused of sending "a mailing" to Mon Health, his former co-workers' homes and places of worship with the intent to harass his replacement, according to the report.

Mon Health confirmed to The Dominion Post July 5 that Mr. Duncan had been charged with harassment. However, the health system declined to comment on the specific allegations leading to his arrest.

"We have seen the allegations against Mr. Duncan, but do not yet have all of the facts surrounding the alleged conduct that took place after his employment," a Mon Health spokesperson told The Dominion Post. "We will fully cooperate as law enforcement investigates these claims, but it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this time."

Dottie Oakes, MSN, RN, took over as interim CEO of the health system after Mr. Duncan was placed on leave. However, she resigned March 21 for unspecified reasons.

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