Seven days after being confirmed by the state Senate, the official responsible for day-to-day operations at California's mental hospitals and prison-based psychiatric programs has abruptly taken an extended and unexplained administrative leave with pay.
Kathy Gaither, confirmed as deputy director of the fledgling Department of State Hospitals on July 8, will be out of the office for an "extended period of time" because of "unforeseen circumstances," according to a brief email sent to staffers July 15 by the department's acting director, Cliff Allenby.
Reached Monday evening, Gaither said, "I don't think there's anything I need to say. I'm just on leave. ... It's private." Read more at latimes.com »