Cambria Community Healthcare District interim administrator Mark Miller, also chief of the Cambria Fire Department, and healthcare district trustee Dianne Civiello recently resigned.
In Civiello’s June 26 resignation letter, she cited “a variety of personal reasons” for her departure. She declined to expand on that explanation.
Miller, healthcare district Trustee Bob Putney, and Cambria Community Services District Director Muril Clift said Miller’s departure doesn’t herald a change in the expectation that a joint powers agreement (JPA) will be worked out to link services offered by the two districts.
But it won’t be easy. “A healthcare district has never merged with another district or done a JPA with one in California before,” Putney said. “We need to find a legal way to do it,” while keeping both districts intact to maintain their taxing authority and special assessments.
“I continue to believe in and support the efforts we had to bring the two agencies together,” Miller said. But the process simply is taking too long for him to continue juggling his responsibilities with his job as fire chief. Miller will continue in the healthcare district’s interim position until the healthcare district finds a replacement.
The three men said the legal process of drafting such an agreement has been delayed by at least another 18 months or longer by a recently discovered law that says firefighters can work for a healthcare agency but paramedics cannot switch over to work as firefighters.
A special meeting of healthcare district trustees was held Tuesday night, Aug. 6; look for a report on that meeting in the Aug. 15 Cambrian.