Search for new Tahoe Forest CEO begins |

Search for new Tahoe Forest CEO begins

The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors began its search for a new CEO at a special public meeting last Wednesday, after longtime CEO Larry Long announced his retirement plans.

While Long said he plans to remain on staff until the end of June, the board wants to allot adequate time to find a replacement for the 13-year TFHD veteran.

“The time frame for the search is to have a CEO by June of this year at the earliest, and by Oct. 31 at the latest,” said Lee Auckenthaler, board president.

At last week’s meeting, the board first heard a presentation by Jack Burrows and Jim Giannini, recruitment consultants from the Association of California Hospital Districts, of which TFH is a member.

“The information that Burrows and Giannini presented assisted us in formulating a four-step plan that we adopted,” Auckenthaler said. “We then added sub-components to each step.”

One of those steps includes hiring a recruitment consulting group. The board is currently looking at five different interested groups and plans to determine its selection at its next meeting on March 25.

According to Auckenthaler, the board is also working to identify a list of characteristics and qualities its looking for in the next CEO.

“The process for identifying these will include solicitation and involvement of those individuals directly impacted by the CEO hired, for example, nurses, physicians, the bargaining units, volunteers and other professional ancillary support personnel,” he said.

“The board will then formulate our ideal CEO profile, which will help us narrow the search.”

Auckenthaler said he is quite confident the board will find a replacement.

“We are confident that the leadership structure is in place already that will manage operations without a break in continuity during the short, if any, transitional period,” he said.

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