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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department board votes to seek expansion from five to seven members

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has five members who are appointed by city and county commissioners. Current members are, from left, Paul Liechti, assistant director of the Kansas Biological Survey; Shirley Martin-Smith, owner of Adecco staffing franchise in Lawrence and president of Martin-Smith Personnel Services; Dr. Gerald Pees, of Internal Medical Group; Karen Shumate, vice president of clinical services at Lawrence Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Alan Cowles, a Social Security disability advocate. The board decided Monday night to ask for an expansion in size.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has five members who are appointed by city and county commissioners. Current members are, from left, Paul Liechti, assistant director of the Kansas Biological Survey; Shirley Martin-Smith, owner of Adecco staffing franchise in Lawrence and president of Martin-Smith Personnel Services; Dr. Gerald Pees, of Internal Medical Group; Karen Shumate, vice president of clinical services at Lawrence Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Alan Cowles, a Social Security disability advocate. The board decided Monday night to ask for an expansion in size.

January 26, 2010

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department board narrowly voted Monday night to ask Lawrence and Douglas County leaders to expand its size from five to seven members.

It would be the first change in the board’s size since 1969.

Shirley Martin-Smith, the newest board member, proposed the expansion with the purpose of bringing more knowledge and experience to the table.

Board members are appointed to three-year terms by the City and County Commissions and can serve two terms.

Besides Martin-Smith, other members are Dr. Alan Cowles, Paul Liechti, Dr. Gerald Pees and Karen Shumate.

Shumate and Pees voted against the expansion, while the others voted for it.

The issue was first brought up during the board’s monthly meeting in November.

Board member terms begin in March. Cowles and Shumate will have served a three-year term next month. Cowles will seek reappointment, but Shumate will not.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

"Shirley Martin-Smith, the newest board member, proposed the expansion with the purpose of bringing more knowledge and experience to the table."

What are Martin-Smith's "knowledge and experience" in this field?

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Karrey Britt 4 years, 7 months ago

Just another bozo on this bus — Here's a brief about the experience that Shirley brings to the table. http://tinyurl.com/ya58hea.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

Karrey-- so the short answer to my question would be "not much." No wonder she wants help. Wouldn't it have been easier just to ask to be replaced?

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Phil Minkin 4 years, 7 months ago

I wish the article had given some reason for the no votes. Any ideas?

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Karrey Britt 4 years, 7 months ago

foodboy. The arguments against expanding were to keep only health- and environment-related professionals or experts on the board. It could become too unwieldy with more people. They thought it was more about marketing and not its mission. The arguments didn't stray much from what was in my earlier story — http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/nov...

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CheneyHawk 4 years, 7 months ago

Shirley Martin-Smith brings alot of knowledge and experience to the table. As a former mayor and current business person, she brings common sense and business acumen to the table. With her HR background, she knows how to view all sides of a problem and find a solution. It was interesting to note that the physician and the VP of clinical services @ LMH did not want additional expertise on the board by voting against the expansion. Afraid of what?

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optimist 4 years, 7 months ago

Some of you are so critical of everything that goes on in this town. To ignorantly criticize those that give their time, resources and knowledge selflessly to the community in any capacity is simply mean spirited. To attach stigma to a person because they are a business owner is disappointing to say the least. I'm curious about those on this page that throw stones. Have you contributed lately?

The stated goal of the health department is to protect the health of the community. But in order to succeed in its mission people familiar with policy, management, community outreach and with a variety of other talents, skills and experiences are necessary. Without this type of diversity on the board you would have a bunch of health professionals that know where they need to go but nobody to get them there.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

"Without this type of diversity on the board you would have a bunch of health professionals that know where they need to go but nobody to get them there. "

Yea, those poor helpless idiots. Where would they be without Shirley?

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