by Ralph Routon
City Council President Scott Hente just announced, at about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, he was calling a special Council meeting Tuesday in response to Mayor Steve Bach's request earlier in the day.
Hente sent an e-mail to Bach, Council and staff saying the following:
This morning, Jan [Martin] and I met with the leadership of the Memorial Hospital System Board of Trustees. As a result of that meeting, I am making the following announcement:
Under the authority granted me by the Rules and Procedures of City Council, I am calling a Special Meeting of City Council for 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The meeting will be in Council Chambers at City Hall. The one agenda item for the meeting will be the governance of Memorial Health System.
Please take the necessary actions, with at least 24 hours notice, to post the appropriate notifications for this meeting. I would also request, Aimee, that you work with the City Communications Office and make sure that an appropriate press release is issued with regards to this meeting.
President, Colorado Springs City Council
——————ORIGINAL POST, 9:08 A.M., SATURDAY, APRIL 28——————
It may be Saturday, but Mayor Steve Bach isn't letting off days hold him back from pursuing the Memorial Health System board's controversial decision to give outgoing CEO Dr. Larry McEvoy a severance package worth more than $1 million.
This morning, Bach has sent an e-mail to City Council President Scott Hente, asking Council to step in and prevent the MHS board from finalizing the deal with McEvoy. Bach requests that Hente call a special meeting of Council this week to take action, and to remove the Memorial board if necessary.
Bach's e-mail in its entirety:
This is to respectfully ask that you contact James Moore immediately to request a hold on executing the McEvoy severance agreement. Also, this is to respectfully ask that you hold a special session of City Council early next week to vote on giving the MHS Board current direction on this matter.
The planned 18-months severance for Dr. McEvoy is not consistent with the 6 months specified in his employment agreement nor is it consistent with Council's longstanding policy limiting severance for senior managers for the general municipal government to not more than 6 months.
In the event the MHS Board does not promptly comply with Council's directive after your vote, then I respectfully suggest that Council terminate the entire Board, substitute Council as the Board and reduce the severance to no more than 6 months.
It is essential to the success of our City that Council and I do everything possible to rebuild citizens' trust in our municipal government. Council's swift, resolute action on this matter is important toward that end. While I understand that MHS reports through it's Board to Council, not to the Mayor, my thanks to your colleagues and you for considering my counsel.