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  • Melcher: $1.15M severance package still under review

    Tue, May 15, 2012 by admin with 11 comments

    Photo by Daniel J. Chacón

    Two weeks ago today, the City Council asked the City Attorney’s Office to review a $1.15 million severance package for Memorial Health System’s former CEO to determine whether it was legally binding.

    The council gave the office two weeks to come up with the answer.

    City Attorney Chris Melcher said he will be discussing his findings with the council in closed executive session Wednesday.

    “The City Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the facts and documents relating to the recent proposed separation agreement between Dr. (Larry) McEvoy and the former Board of Trustees of Memorial,” Melcher said in an email.

    “I will be discussing this review and providing attorney client advice to Council tomorrow, at closed legal session, during the scheduled Special Meeting of Counsel (sic) that immediately follows the CSU Board Meeting,” he said.

    McEvoy’s separation package, which includes $1 million in severance pay, a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid and $20,000 to help him find a new job, sparked a firestorm of controversy.

    When Memorial board trustees refused to rescind the agreement, the council gave them an ultimatum: resign or be removed from the board.

    Only one of the trustees resigned, prompting the council to remove the others from their seats. Another trustee resigned the day before the council gave the board the ultimatum.


  • See who applied to serve on Memorial board

    Fri, May 4, 2012 by admin with 12 comments

    The City Council on Friday appointed a new seven-member Memorial Health System Board of Brustees as well as two alternates.

    The new board members are:

    - Marcy Morrison, former Manitou Springs mayor, state representative and El Paso County commissioner.

    - Fred Veitch, vice president of commercial development of Nor’wood Development Group, one of the city’s largest real estate development firms.

    - Jim Johnson, president and CEO of GE Johnson Construction Co. Inc., the city’s largest locally based general contractor.

    - Dirk Draper, vice president and area manager of CH2MHill, a large engineering firm, and past board chairman of what was the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

    - Jan Weiland, a financial advisor with Cascade Investment Group and former president of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

    - Curtis Brown, senior vice president of investments for UBS Financial.

    - Debbie Chandler, CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, the largest local physician practice.

    Doug Stimple,CEO of Classic Cos., a local homebuilding and land development firm,  was approved as an alternate, as was Steven Gold.

    Here’s the complete list of people nominated by council members and then the list of people who nominated themselves:

    Council Nominations

    Mary Beazley

    Kathy Boe

    Curtis Brown

    Debbie Chandler

    Al Farr

    Jill Gaebler

    Joan Gervis

    Steven Gold

    Cherie Gorby

    Jim Johnson

    Keith Ketelsen

    Doug Landolfi

    Walter Lawson

    David Mize

    Marcy Morrison

    Al Mueller

    Jay Patel

    Dr. Paul Pavlick

    Dr. Raphael Sassower

    Doug Stimple

    Fred Veitch

    Jan Weiland

    Joe Woodford


    William P. Murray

    Christopher Erickson

    Karla Price

    Danny Raider

    Karl Spiecker

    Karla Heard-Price

    Doris Ralston, MPA, CHES

    Virginia Smith, RN

    Thomas Saba, Ph.D.

    Kailash Jaitly

  • Crank: 'Good people can do dumb things'

    Wed, May 2, 2012 by admin with 5 comments

    Video from the Americans for Prosperity rally outside Memorial Central:

  • Springs police take aim at Memorial board

    Wed, May 2, 2012 by admin with 16 comments

    Photo by Daniel J. Chacón

    The Memorial Health System Board of Trustees is taking flak from all sides — even the cops.

    The Colorado Springs Police Protective Association issued the following statement today:

    The President of the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association (CSPPA), Dave Henrichsen, today commented on the recent Memorial Hospital CEO Payout:

    On behalf of the CSPPA members and all city employees in general, I wish to thank Mayor Bach and all of the members of City Council for stepping up and holding the Memorial Hospital Board accountable.  The stance they have taken in the past few days has certainly not been easy, but it is very much appreciated.

    At a time when we are fighting the rising costs of health care, especially for our retirees, exorbitant and unnecessary expenses such as the compensation package offered to former Memorial Hospital CEO Dr. McEvoy really makes us wonder what is going on- and where the priorities for our city lie?

    This city is very fortunate to have a large number of incredibly dedicated employees who have spent their entire lives, some well over 30 to 40 years, enthusiastically devoted to serving our citizens and our community.  However, when they retire, they are surprised to find that they must get another job just to cover the extreme costs of their health care.  Many retirees are paying upwards of $1,700 per month for continued (basic) health care!

    Imagine how much good ($1.15 million) could do if it were applied to the city. As this money came from our community, it is incredible that anyone would feel it appropriate to offer such a large sum to just one individual who spent a mere 4 years in service.

    We appreciate their no nonsense approach to this problem, taking serious steps to correct it, and giving all city employees the sense that finally our elected leadership is stepping up, taking care of business, and trying to do what is right for all.

  • Memorial trustees stone-faced amid calls to resign

    Wed, May 2, 2012 by admin with 6 comments

    Video from yesterday’s special City Council meeting:

  • Memorial trustee resigns without explanation

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 4 comments

    Marijane Axtell Paulsen, secretary of Memorial Health System’s Board of Trustees, resigned from the board during Monday’s executive session to talk about CEO Larry McEvoy’s $1.15 million separation agreement.

    No reason was given for her sudden resignation.

  • Is McEvoy's $1.15M exit bonus a done deal?

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 8 comments

    Jim Moore, chairman of the Memorial Health System Board of Trustees, said Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy has a signed terms of agreement.

  • Memorial employees feel betrayed by McEvoy

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 3 comments

    Karen Anthony, chief of staff at Memorial Health System, said the $1.15 million separation agreement offered to Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy has been terrible on morale.

    Anthony, an ex-officio member of Memorial’s Board of Trustees, cast the lone dissenting vote to affirm the exit bonus.

    “Given the public outcry and the negative impact on the morale that this has had for the staff and the physicians at Memorial Health System … I cannot in good conscious vote for this separation package,” she said.

    “I think that there are a number of employees and physicians who feel this is somewhat of a betrayal of what Dr. McEvoy has presented as his position in the health system and his goals and vision and values,” she said.

  • Memorial trustees go behind closed doors

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 2 comments

    Memorial’s Board of Trustees vote to meet in closed executive session Monday to discuss a $1.15 million separation agreement offered to outgoing CEO Larry McEvoy.

    Councilwoman Angela Dougan, who raised strong objections to the exit bonus, asked to join the board in its private discussion.

  • Quote of the Day

    Mon, April 30, 2012 by admin with 3 comments

    Interim City Clerk Cindy Conway’s weekend was cut short on Sunday.

    Conway had to go into the City Administration Building to post notice of the Memorial Health System Board of Trustees’ special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday.

    The notice was posted at 2:31 p.m.

    City Attorney “Chris Melcher gave me the direction to come in and post it, so I did,” Conway said.

    (Click on the picture to get a closer look at the notice.)

    According to the Colorado Sunshine Law:

    “Any meetings at which the adoption of any proposed policy, position, resolution, rule, regulation, or formal action occurs or at which a majority or quorum of the body is in attendance, or is expected to be in attendance, shall be held only after full and timely notice to the public. In addition to any other means of full and timely notice, a local public body shall be deemed to have given full and timely notice if the notice of the meeting is posted in a designated public place within the boundaries of the local public body no less than twenty-four hours prior to the holding of the meeting. The public place or places for posting such notice shall be designated annually at the local public body’s first regular meeting of each calendar year. The posting shall include specific agenda information where possible.”