Too often too many of us carefully stand on the sidelines hurling criticisms at the players (in this case usually the Board Members) without offering any constructive solutions to the problems presented.
I would like to dedicate this post to some suggestions and perhaps, some superficial arguments on their behalf. However, do not judge the suggestions merely on my supporting superficial arguments that by necessity must be uncharacteristically short. Each suggestion could be a post entirely in itself.
However well intentioned, the Board of Commissioners – lacking any intuitional memory, should never have replaced their governmental counsel with compliance counsel. Moreover, based on past District history, inside counsel versus a multi-disciplined outside firm has never worked for Broward Health.
Currently, Broward Health is misusing the highly respected Berger-Singerman governmental law firm. Contrary to the current arrangements with the ‘Audit’ committee, Berger-Singerman should be retained by the Board through their general counsel to provide governmental advice to the Board. Florida’s Attorney General has demanded 5 million from the District, which means the public – and we need to be both defended and protected. Discussions in anticipation of litigation are generally and appropriately held in the shade.
The Board of Commissioners need the advice of a Governmental Lawyer – Like Sam Goren, Mitchell Burger is one of the best. Let him continue to help the District, but elevate his assistance to the Board level.