With the departure of John McKay, Melton Harris appears to have contracted the foot-in-mouth disease that McKay so often suffered from. Harris recently appointed Barbara Dumas-Marshall to the SRHS Board of Trustees, a job she immediately walked away from. Harris incredibly admits to Karen Nelson at the Sun Herald that he made bad choice on purpose, just so he could start a fight and get the lawyers involved.
How much was he advocating the county to spend on the likes of Dogan & Wilkinson or Billy Guice taking another battle to the Supreme Court?
Since when do county supervisors set out to purposefully create situations to engage in expensive litigation?
You have to wonder who has his ear. It certainly sounds like some influence from an attorney who stands to profit from the whole situation.
Nelson has some excellent quotes from Harris. It’s hard to believe that elected officials have the audacity to continually “flip the bird” to their constituents.
Dumas-Marshall’s appointment was doomed from the start. She is in arrears on a significant debt to Singing River, around $11,000 , as documented in bankruptcy court filings. This alone was in violation of the new hospital ethics law. But Dumas-Marshall’s appointment was flawed for other reasons as well. This wasn’t her first go-around with bankruptcy: it was her fifth. Again, we see the appointment of someone to a position of fiduciary responsibility at a multi-million dollar operation while that person is wholly unable to take care of their own finances. The third reason Dumas-Marshall made for a questionable trustee is her long career working for the county. There are times when the needs of the health system are at odds with those of politicians on the JCBOS. Trustees should have the welfare of the system at heart and not that of politicians. With Dumas-Marshall, there would have been great doubt as to where her loyalties lay.
At the end of the day, Dumas-Marshall proved to be much wiser and a more skilled tactician than Harris. She was smart enough to walk away.