JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We have just received new information in the Singing River Health System pension plan saga. Three of the current health system trustees have resigned.
A proposed federal settlement calls for the long-time trustees to step down.
Board President Michael Heidelberg said he Ira Polk and Tommy Leonard submitted their resignations Tuesday to make the settlement process move faster.
"We do not agree that having the majority of the senior-experienced members of the board of trustees step down is in the best interest of the community; however, we are committed to do what we need to in order to expedite this settlement process," Heidelberg said in a statement. "We, as board members, leave with heavy hearts but with our heads held high knowing that we have given our all in serving on the Singing River Health System Board of Trustees. We have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to find a resolution for the pension issue and that resolution is finally at hand."
The proposed settlement could take months for a federal judge to review and make a decision on it.
According to Heidelberg, Larry Cosper and first year trustee Scott Taylor will remain on the board with newly appointed members Jeffrey Belk and Don Barron. SRHS Chief of Staff Dr. Steve Demetropoulos and chief of staff-elect Dr. John Weldon will remain on the board as non-voting members.