A lot of the players who were either complicit, confederates, or otherwise conniving in the corruption surrounding Singing River Health System and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors are now gone. Retirement saw the departure of Nebo Carter and Mike Crews. A higher paying refuge in Jackson beckoned to Chris Anderson. Downsizing and out of state moves took out Stephanie Taylor and Celeste Oglesby.
Elections shed John McKay and Mike Mangum, which resulted in the firing of Paula Yancey. A path to settlement saw the SRHS Board of Trustees overturned. You have racked up quite a score, but are still on the path to losing.
Jackson County suffers from a cancer of corruption. You the voters have applied pressure and removed several of the nodes to which the cancer has spread, but the tumors still remain: the lawyers.
At Singing River, the new board is being advised by Brett Williams. Williams earned the position not due to his great legal acumen, but by the great Mississippi tradition of nepotism. Nothing like gettin’ to sit in daddy’s big chair.
Singing River is now suing Williams’ brother Gentry for over billing. Gentry claims that not only did he not over bill, but that Singing River owes him more money.
Singing River retirees are suing Williams’ firm, Dogan & Wilkinson, and his father for their role in the pension scandal. They allege corruption and fraud.
It’s time for the SRHS Board of Trustees to remove the tumor. They require independent counsel that has no conflicts. It will mean nothing to have new trustees if they are being advised and counseled by someone who may wish to protect the interests of his father, brother, and firm. They must demonstrate that they are not another rubber stamp, patsy board that will succumb to the plots of management and their counsel. Nothing sends a clearer signal than firing the last vestige of the perceived corruption on the board: Dogan & Wilkinson.