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Two seats available on Hospital District Board

Arizona Range News of Willcox, Arizona

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The Northern Cochise Community Hospital District Board of Directors approved a motion for a Call for Election for Nov. 6, 2012.

Two seats are available on the District Board, vacated by Kay Haas and Kathy Cook. Haas resigned in January after moving out of the district. Her seat was temporarily filled last month by Edward 'O Connell, but he would have to run in the election, or be appointed again, to retain that seat.

O'Connell, whose first board meeting after his appointment was June 26, said he is not sure whether he will run due to personal issues.

Cook resigned from the district board and was appointed to the Corporate Board of Directors, as only two district board members can be on the corporate board due to bylaw changes earlier this year. Previously, all five district board members were on the corporate board.

Cook's seat on the district board is still not filled, and no one has approached the board or NCCH CEO Roland Knox to fill that position.

District Board Vice Chair Shirley Shotton said, "If we don't have anyone submit their candidacy, then we don't have an election. We would then later appoint someone. But we wouldn't have to spend $8,000 on an election."

Chairman Dr. Raymond Scott said, "But the best way is for the community to decide (in an election)."

"But if we have only two people running for two seats, we don't have to have an election. We can cancel the election and appoint the two people," Scott added.

If anyone would like to run for the district board, the last day for nonpartisan candidates to file nomination papers is Aug. 8. Write-in candidates may file through Sept. 27.

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 Election is Oct. 8, and early voting begins on Oct. 11.

Also at the meeting June 26, the District Board voted on its meeting dates, which with the new bylaws, will be four times a year. For fiscal year 2013, which started July 1, 2012, the meeting dates will be:Aug. 7, 2012; Dec. 4, 2012; March 5, 2013; and June 4, 2013. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in the board room in the Senior Enrichment Center building.

Also at the meeting, Knox said that as of May 31, 2012, $1,568,429 has been collected for the Northern Cochise Community Hospital District for fiscal year 2012, with $1,180,453 taken out as warrants paid to NCCH, Inc. for operations at the hospital.

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Original Publication Date: July 4, 2012

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