Last Thursday i watched the firing of Dr. Lutz is dismay and disbelief. In an article (Inlander11/05/2020), former Health District Division Director, Sheila Masteller, said she moved her retirement up after seeing the leadership style of Amelia Clark. “I think Amelia is an authoritarian…a person who gives directives to everyone else without asking input…She in her controlling nature, never wants anyone to speak without going through her.” Masteller said
Masteller further stated she was alarmed when the Board hired Clark, who didn’t have a background in public health.
People sometimes make mistakes. Dr. Lutz marched in a protest apparently without first getting permission from Clark/Board. But Clark took Dr. Lutz’s keys to his office, cell phone and laptop, effectively terminating him from his duties as Health Officer. This is an act of termination ( as any employer knows who has terminated an employee). Did she first get approval from the Board in an open meeting as required by law?
At the meeting Clark presented her laundry list of minor incidents involving Dr. Lutz. Does the public who saw this really feel there was enough substance to warrant termination?
Mayor Woodward apparently felt the decision to fire DR. Lutz was the “best news” she heard. Does this bring into question the true agenda of the Health Board?
If Dr. Lutz is not reinstated, the politicians and administrator of the Board now own the Coronavirus pandemic in our region, and will be judged accordingly come elections.
Nine Mile Falls