Com­mu­nity Heath­care District ad­min­is­tra­tor re­signs ex­tra du­ties

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian | Local - BY KATHE TAN­NER ktan­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Jason Me­lendy will no longer per­form the ad­di­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties he as­sumed tem­po­rar­ily at the Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Health­care District af­ter the Septem­ber re­tire­ment of pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tor Bob Say­ers.

Me­lendy — who also is the district’s op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor and a full-time field para­medic — said the tem­po­rary ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties meant he was do­ing the equiv­a­lent “of three full-time jobs, and that’s way too much.”

For the ex­tra work, he had been re­ceiv­ing an ad­di­tional $500 per bi­monthly pay­check.

Me­lendy’s res­ig­na­tion meant the district’s three new di­rec­tors and a con­tin­u­ing board mem­ber found them­selves fac­ing some ad­di­tional chal­lenges right out of the gate fol­low­ing the Novem­ber elec­tion – they were short one mem­ber on the board and the district was again with­out an ad­min­is­tra­tor, tem­po­rary or oth­er­wise.

Lau­rie Mileur, Igor “Iggy” Fe­do­roff and Bill Rice were to have been sworn in to their po­si­tions at the board’s meet­ing Wed­nes­day, Dec. 12.

They join con­tin­u­ing mem­ber Bar­bara Bron­son Gray.

Shirley Bianchi re­signed from the board Nov. 26 due to the ill health of her hus­band, Bill Bianchi. The four-mem­ber board was to have se­lected a re­place­ment di­rec­tor Dec. 12. Ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing’s agenda packet, ap­pli­cants for the post in­cluded re­tired physi­cian Miguel Her­nan­dez and pre­vi­ous (two-term) board mem­ber Bob Put­ney, who lost by 341 votes in the Nov. 6 elec­tion, and re­tired physi­cian Miguel Her­nan­dez.

In Me­lendy’s monthly re­port to the board Dec. 12, he also asked that the board con­sider elim­i­nat­ing the op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor po­si­tion and divvy­ing up those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­tween three crew su­per­vi­sors, which would be new job des­ig­na­tions.

Du­ties of the op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor are “be­yond what should be ex­pected of one per­son,” he wrote, es­pe­cially when that em­ployee also is a full-time field para­medic.

In a Dec. 7 in­ter­view, Me­lendy said he wants to con­tinue “work­ing hard for the district for the rest of my ca­reer.”

The newly con­fig­ured board also was to have con­sid­ered re­vis­ing the district’s by­laws. While most of the changes ap­peared to be mi­nor copy­edit­ing, oth­ers were more sweep­ing.

For in­stance, di­rec­tors were to have “un­fet­tered ac­cess” to district doc­u­ments and keys for dig­i­tal ac­cess to the district of­fice.

An­other change al­ready was im­ple­mented in the re­vised by­laws: Board mem­bers, who pre­vi­ously had been called trus­tees, are now re­ferred to as di­rec­tors.

For de­tails, go to www.cam­bria-health­care.org.

KATHE TAN­NER ktan­[email protected]­bune­news.com

Jason Me­lendy, the Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Health­care District’s op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, will no longer per­form the ad­di­tion ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties he as­sumed tem­po­rar­ily.

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