Local News

Recalled hospital board members want suit dropped

Six recalled Wrangell hospital board members want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the municipal government.

They’re also asking the City and Borough of Wrangell to pay all expenses and legal costs.

The suit stems from the board members’ decision to terminate the Wrangell Medical Center CEO. It alleges those members improperly give Noel Selle-Rea a more than $1.2 million severance package. About half of that amount — $520,788 — was paid shortly after the vote to end his contract.

The six named in the suit are Mark Robinson, Linda Bjorge, Lurine McGee, Jim Nelson, Sylvia Ettefagh and Leann Rinehart. Two other board members who did not attend the meeting were also recalled, but were not named in the borough’s lawsuit. The only member who wasn’t recalled attended the meeting, but voted against the termination and severance payout.

Former medical center CEO Noel Selle-Rea was named in the municipal lawsuit, but was not part of the most recent court filing.

Meanwhile, 17 people have filed to replace the recalled members in an August 21st special election. We have statements from candidates posted on our website.

Click here to read our July report on the municipality’s lawsuit.

Click here to read the recalled board members’ response to the lawsuit.

Click here to read the original lawsuit.

Recent News

Patrick Mayer named new school superintendent

The Wrangell school board held a special meeting Wednesday, April 16 to discuss a potential hire. The board approved offering a contract to Patrick Mayer for the position of superintendent of schools for the 2014 – 2015 school year. more

Hospital renovations don’t preclude new facility

Like many hospitals in Southeast Alaska, Wrangell Medical Center is starting to look its age. A brand new hospital is still the long-term plan, but for now, the building is getting a much-needed makeover. more