Having watched most of this past week’s Spokane Regional Health District Board of Directors meeting, I was dismayed when the vote was taken to terminate Dr. Bob Lutz’s employment with the district. It seemed obvious to me that both Dr. Lutz and Chief Administrative Officer Clark mishandled their professional relationship with one another.
It also seemed obvious that Chief Administrator Clark did not follow proper human resources protocols in seeking to resolve the issues she had with Dr. Lutz. In her testimony to the board, Ms. Clark admitted that she had not undertaken appropriate steps to remediate the conflict between Dr. Lutz and herself nor was there a proper paper trail showing that a program of corrective action was implemented to attempt to resolve the conflict for the good of the Health District and the general public, particularly during a public health emergency.
The better course of action would have been for the board to require an intervention to be done between Dr. Lutz and Ms. Clark with the objective of resolving their internal conflict with one another and establishing a respectful, productive relationship for the good of the district and the public at large.
In addition, both Dr. Lutz and Ms. Clark should have been required to appear before all Health District employees indicating a willingness to work out their differences to the benefit of the District, the District’s employees and the general public.
The action by the board in this matter did not uphold the public’s interest.