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Unclear when Tahoe Forest hospital CEO contract talks will continue

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
Tahoe Forest Hospital District CEO Bob Schapper.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — It’s unclear when the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors will revisit CEO Bob Schapper’s employment agreement, officials recently said.

The agenda for a Dec. 16 board meeting — in lieu of the Dec. 23 regular board meeting, which has been canceled — will be compiled this week, said Paige Nebeker Thomason, district director of marketing and communications.

The board clerk drafts the agendas, which are then reviewed by the board chair for final approval, she said.

On Monday, chairman John Mohun said discussions on Schapper’s contract had yet to be agendized.

At its Sept. 23 meeting, the board decided to postpone contract negotiations until after the election, a move supported by candidates running for the board and members of the public in attendance.

“I believe there cannot be a negotiation that can be completed before a new board sits, and any action that we take now in negotiation with Mr. Schapper will be negated as soon as the new board sits down,” director Roger Kahn said at the meeting.

Incumbent Dale Chamblin and newcomers Chuck Zipkin and Greg Jellinek were the top vote-getters in the election. The new board has yet to be sworn in.

The district is waiting for formal certificates of election from Nevada County to swear in new members, which is expected to happen Thursday, Thomason said. As of Tuesday, there is no formal swearing in planned.

Schapper’s contract expires June 30, 2015. Legally, there is no deadline for when the board must start contract negotiations, said district counsel Steve Gross.

At the Sept. 23 meeting, Schapper asked the board for the “professional courtesy” to be notified of his employment status in advance in order to pursue other opportunities if needed.

When asked this week if Schapper has comments on his future with the district, Thomason said there is nothing new he can add, since the new board is not seated and his contract is yet to be determined.

In 2013, Schapper received $558,882.86 in compensation, according to the district. Of that, $404,227.20 was base pay, with the rest in assorted benefits, incentives, deferred compensation and a vehicle allowance.