Health & Medicine

Troubled Fayette health board remains mostly intact

Although a top mayoral aide recently cited a need for "new blood" on the Lexington Fayette County Board of Health, six of nine board members whose terms end June 30 have been renominated by Mayor Jim Gray.

Of the three who were not renominated, one had removed his name from consideration.

There are 13 board members, including Gray and a representative from his office.

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government will vote on the nominations Thursday. Gray's spokeswoman, Susan Straub, said board nominations are generally approved.

Geoff Reed, the mayor's senior policy adviser, had said the department's many problems indicated a need for "new blood" on the board.

But, he said, "we first thought it was important to reappoint members with experience who are in a position to accept leadership roles."

Board officers must be elected by June 30.

Reed also said that the current board worked closely with the mayor to resolve the recent upheavals. New members will be announced, although Reed didn't offer a timetable.

University of Kentucky nursing professor Marcia Stanhope, who has been on the board for eight years and chaired the finance committee, was not on Gray's list for renomination. Neither was Lexington plastic surgeon Dr. J. Michael Moore.

Dr. Jamshed Kanga asked not to be considered.

Stanhope said she was glad to have served on the board.

"I have served with three commissioners of health and have enjoyed watching and being a part of the tremendous growth that has occurred in the health department services and the outreach to the community," she said.

Moore did not respond to a message left at his office.

Those on the list for reappointment are Kacy Allen-Bryant, Dr. Cindy Derer, Dr. Robert Lynch, Dr. John Riley, Dr. John Roth and Dr. Gary Wallace.

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