The city sent out a press release late Thursday afternoon announcing that a consultant has been chosen to guide the City Council task force on Memorial Health System through the RFP process.
Funny, but I never heard a vote taken on this while covering the last task force meeting on Sept. 9, and the task force hasn't met since, as far as any public notices.
It must have been some sort of secret meeting at which the decision was made to hire attorney Michael F. Anthony of McDermott Will & Emery, an outfit with offices across the country and worldwide.
Jan Martin, task force chair who is Council president pro tem, is quoted as making the announcement.
She said at last Friday's task force meeting that she, Councilor Brandy Williams and developer Doug Quimby , who's in on the deal by virtue of his being a member of the Regional Leadership Forum, had met privately without giving public notice to interview contenders for the contract.
The fact that this decision was made away from public view appears to contradict Martin's pledge to openness she voiced to us earlier this weeky.
Maybe it doesn't matter, since the so-called decision to hire Anthony is really a recommendation to the City Council, which will vote next week on whether to fund the hire.
Here's Martin's release:
Memorial Health System Task Force Chair Jan Martin announces the selection of a consultant to manage the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for Memorial Health System (MHS). Attorney Michael F. Anthony of McDermott Will & Emery LLP will represent the City of Colorado Springs and the MHS Task Force in leading the RFP process for the lease of Memorial Hospital.
This will include assistance in defining objectives of an RFP process, setting forth criteria for making the decision on selection of a prospective partner with Memorial Health System, and serving as a key point of contact with interested parties throughout the RFP process.
McDermott Will & Emery is one of the largest national health care practices in the country and has a strong reputation for work in the health care field and in the area of employee benefits, including pension funding issues.
City Council will vote on the funding to hire Mr. Anthony as its consultant at a special meeting prior to the Utilities Board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.
The task force will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at City Hall.