19 July 2017 at 7:10:07 AM
Ray Reynolds is CEO of Glen Rose Medical Center, who serves as an employee of the Somervell County Hospital District. I have heard Ron Hankins, who is currently Somervell County Hospital District board president say, on at least two occasions, words to the effect that Ray could have retired but stayed on as CEO. Presumably at least part of that decision was to do so during the Luminant lawsuit situation. However, at some point surely he will want to go and enjoy the rest of his life at a more leisurely pace.
The question really is, WHEN Reynolds decides to go, what will the elected Somervell County Hospital District board do to replace him? In every case I can think of, when an employee needs to be replaced, and most particularly when it's as extensive and involved a position as the CEO, the board arranges to put something in media to solicit resumes from qualified people. That's what the temporary board did in 2011 when they decided to hire Reynolds.
One major factor was that the CEO live in Glen Rose. Reynolds did not, and did not get a house in Glen Rose, keeping his primary residence in Stephenville, until deed date 5/18/2012. At that point he also still had his house in Erath County. He continued to be heavily involved in Stephenville in 2013, and was on the Steering Committee of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Stephenville. Who knows if the current board would also require that, gasp, the CEO of the public hospital GRMC actually live in Somervell County?
As a side note, over 90 qualified applicants were passed over for Reynolds.
Seems to me it is difficult to compare potential new candidates for CEO when both the current board and the previous board failed to evaluate him, as they were supposed to do by bylaws of the board. Back to what Hankins has implied, that people ought to be grateful that Reynolds decided to stay on instead of retiring. That not only is utter nonsense but dereliction of duty on Hankins part to completely ignore what was required of being an elected board member. And how can one compare what ought to be qualifications when the current CEO has never been through what most other employees must do.
One hopes that when that retirement comes close, the board will not, as a rubber stamp, attempt to slide in a crony without searching for the best CEO available for the salary requirements.
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