District 4 Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff said on Friday she is disturbed by the recent actions of the Mt. Diablo Health Care District. “I was very concerned by the contract between Mt. Diablo Health Care District and their attorney Ralph Ferguson,” said Supervisor Mitchoff. “And this new contract for an Executive Director is outrageous. I am deeply disturbed by the continued depletion of taxpayer resources, especially while a decision by LAFCO is pending as to whether to dissolve the district.”The actions of the District are currently being reviewed at the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which is considering whether the health care district should be dissolved LAFCO is scheduled to release its report on this matter this month.
On a 4-1 vote, board members voted to hire the District’s Executive Director. Board members agreed to a salary of $10,000 per month, including all expenses relative to mileage, airfare, hotel, meals and entertainment.
“The Health Care District was created with the intent to serve the public health needs of our community,” said Mitchoff. “However, it appears that the board does not share this priority and is more concerned about preserving itself.” The District includes the communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Pacheco, Martinez and a portion of Lafayette.