SRHS Retirees Say One County Worker is a Conflict of Interest

Eight months after the news first broke that the Singing River Pension Plan was in trouble, retirees continue asking for answers, but say they’re only receiving silence.
At today’s Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting, the retirees asked for one county worker to step down, citing a conflict of interest, but the supervisors disagreed.
Through a series of appeals and eleventh hour extensions, the retirees have managed to stay one step ahead of the hospital board and a cancelled pension. Today, they took aim at someone they feel wasn’t looking out for them, Board Attorney Paula Yancey. The retirees say she should step down because of her ties with the hospital.
“If her friends are still with the hospital, influencing her to tell the supervisors, telling them what they can and can’t do pertaining to the supervisors, so she needs to step down,” said Eddie Manning, a husband of an SRHS retiree.
Yancey’s Chancery Judge Campaign Manager and Treasurer still work for Singing River, but county supervisors say there is no conflict.
“Mr. Guice represents the board on hospital issues. The person brought up about the conflict doesn’t represent the board on hospital issues,” said Barry Cumbest, Jackson County board of supervisors’ director, district 1.
The board discussed the issue in executive session and determined no action should be taken, but retirees still feel ignored. “They just kicking a can down the road, they don’t want to give us any answers when we ask for them, they trying to block you guys out from getting answers, it’s just terrible,” said Willie Chestnut, 15 year SRHS retiree.
Thanks to the new law preventing closed door meetings, they’ll be able to take a more active role in their financial future.
Pending litigation has all but stopped the flow of information from supervisors to retirees, but they say they refuse to give up. With 600 plus retirees on the pension, they may need more chairs in the board room.
Some retirees mentioned a rumor to fully fund the pension with a small tax increase, but multiple supervisors denied any knowledge of such a plan.

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