Assembly reappoints Bartlett board incumbents

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2001

The Juneau Assembly unanimously reappointed three incumbents to the Bartlett Regional Hospital Board of Directors on Monday, with a promise of more discussion about term limits for people who serve on city boards and commissions.

Robert Breffeilh, Stacy Toner and Donna Herbert were reappointed to three-year terms on the city-owned hospital's board at the recommendation of the Assembly's Human Resources Committee. The panel earlier recommended applicants Virginia Smiley and Reed Stoops replace Breffeilh and Herbert, but the full Assembly sent the matter back to the committee.

During a committee discussion Monday, Assembly member Marc Wheeler said he would agree to the reappointments if the committee would bring up the term-limit issue.

"Unfortunately these names came up and we had a public discussion about individuals, when we were really trying to talk about term limits," he said. "I think it's time we had a debate as a full Assembly."

Assembly member Randy Wanamaker said a discussion about term limits was warranted, but it shouldn't hold up the three nominations.

"I think we're mixing things up here," he said.

Human Resources Committee Chairman Don Etheridge said he will schedule a discussion next month about term limits and the possibility of adding more members to some of city's boards and commissions.

The committee also will discuss including all Assembly members in discussions about appointments to enterprise boards. Currently, the full Assembly only joins discussions about appointments to the Juneau Planning Commission.

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