After the conclusion of the SHRD Board vote to fire Dr. Lutz, one pertinent question remains based on the information presented by Amelia Clark.
As the administrator for the Health District, she is responsible for structural leadership and operation. Yet at no point according to her own statements did she produce and implement a performance plan for Dr. Lutz. She also did not present that she had sought a review with him to address her concerns with his behavior. Nor did she seek mediation from a third party that could have corrected a now obvious difference in leadership, working behaviors, or role clarity.
While Dr. Lutz may have failed in his ability to work with her, his resounding endorsements by public health experts, epidemiologists, medical associations and community leaders indicate confidence in his leadership during the COVID pandemic.
Perhaps the most important takeaway then is that Amelia Clark failed in her duty to provide the exact administrative leadership and structural guidance her role requires. Dr. Lutz may need to be held accountable for various minor offenses that are cumulative in the eyes of the board. Amelia Clark’s shortcomings however appear much more fundamental to her role and begs the question if she is fit for it.