JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Health System retirees now know they will continue to receive their pension checks for at least the next three months.
The Jackson County Board of Supervisors and SRHS have signed a memorandum of agreement whereby the pension plan will not be terminated in the next 90 days.
During a news conference Tuesday morning, supervisors announced they will hire an independent forensic accounting group to look into the health system's financial records. That evaluation will also include any contracts SRHS entered into.
Supervisors say the investigation will also look for possible ways that retirees can be made as whole as possible.
WLOX asked if the inquiry will also include questions to present and former SHRH executives and trustees. Supervisors said letters of request had been sent, but the board's power to subpoena is limited and it cannot force anyone to appear in this matter.
After the formal meeting, retirees met with supervisors, the board attorney, and attorney Billy Guice, who the board has hired as a consultant. That's when a very emotional exchange took place in the audience. Danielle Thomas will have more on that later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.