Officials and Guests in Attendance
All Board members except A. Quinn.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time at 5:00pm. I was able to observe the whole meeting. The agenda was available and the meeting was easily accessible.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed. The meeting opened with attendance being taken and a land acknowledgement. Ten minutes were provided for public comment but there were no comments.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the KCHRA CEO position. After a several month recruitment process an offer was made to a candidate and the offer was declined. Four suggestions to proceed were presented as follows:
S. Rankin asked that before we pursue any of these four options we should reach out to Regina for a debrief on why she declined the position. What were her concerns? She felt the Board needed to have this information to move forward appropriately.
H. Odom said he had spoken to Regina earlier in the day and that she would be open to a conversation. He said that she was increasingly thoughtful of her current position and felt it would be difficult to extricate herself from her current work.
M. Ramos agreed a debrief would be very helpful.
S. Reddy felt that we should acknowledge urgency and that it would be good to talk with her but little that we could change - ie. pay parameters, stakeholders, ILA, etc.
J. Spotted-Elk said she would like the debrief.
C. Anderson wanted to know how this current situation would affect the timeline.
H. Odom said that it was important to get a CEO but that we should not rush it and need to be tempered in the decision.
D. Pattenaude thought that feedback could come quickly. Either the two co-chairs could meet with her before the next meeting, or she could write a letter to the Board or come to the next meeting.
S. Rankin supported D. Pattenaude and said it would be foolhardy to move forward without some feedback.
G. McHenry supports getting feedback but also wants to move forward as quickly as possible.
S. Reddy asked for information on how an interim CEO might work. Also he would like to talk about the other three candidates in an executive session.
J. Spotted-Elk wanted to know if the Hawkins Group was still involved?
G. McHenry agreed they should look at the other three candidates.
At 6:05 the Board went into executive session to discuss the three other candidates. At 6:20 the Board came back and said they wanted to review the entire pool of 17 candidates as a next step. Also that the co-chairs would reach out to Regina about getting feedback.
The meeting was open for public comment. Two people spoke, both expressing support and concern about the need to hire a CEO to move the Authority forward.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:30pm.
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