Who held the responsibility to inform SRHS employees and retirees of the lack of pension funding? According to Mike Crews, that responsibility fell to then CEO Chris Anderson.
Crews testified under oath that he felt he didn’t have a responsibility to inform employees about pension underfunding. He felt that since his job never involved communications with employees, that this would have been inappropriate. Instead, he felt that Chris Anderson should have taken on the responsibility of informing retirees and the public.
“[…] it was the CEO’s job to do that. He handled communication with employees. I did not handle communication with employees.”
Anderson regularly communicated with employees en masse with system-wide e-mails, “town hall” style meetings, and the infamous employee benefit letters. The letters, signed by Anderson, portrayed the system as contributing to the pension fund, despite no contributions being made in those years. Crews further testified that he had no role in the preparation of those letters and had not seen them.