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Posted on Jan 29, 2015

News Briefs: Jan. 29

Zolman elected to chair hospital board
Randy Zolman on Monday was elected as the new chairman of the Quincy Hospital District’s Board of Commissioners.
Zolman, a local chiropracter and business owner, was elected by the four-member board during its regular meeting Monday to serve as its chairman. He replaces Anthony Gonzalez, who asked not to be considered after serving five years as chairman.
Gonzalez and board member Don Condit were given awards for serving 10 years each on the board. Condit will serve as the board’s secretary this year.
At the meeting, the hospital also presented a revised budget for the year that includes cuts made in December, which includes the elimination of the surgical program. The revised budget shows the hospital ending 2015 with a $192,499 profit.
Dean Taplett, hospital controller, said that end-of-the-year financial numbers would be available to the board next month. He warned that with January each year comes some of the lowest collections of the year. Hospital expenses typically average $950,000 a month; however, revenues in January through March are about $650,000 a month, he said.

Former county prosecutor faces hearing board
SEATTLE — Two months after losing a second term as Grant County’s chief prosecutor, D. Angus Lee spent much of last week in a hearing to determine whether he violated conflict of interest rules while in office.
The Washington State Bar Association held proceedings before a hearing officer Jan. 20-22 in its Seattle offices, focusing on a 2009 charge that Lee attempted to force a political rival in his office to take on cases that should have been assigned to the state Attorney General.
Debra Carnes, spokeswoman for the bar association, said the hearing officer likely won’t issue a finding until late February because Feb. 17 is the final date for the parties to file written summations with the WSBA Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Grant County commissioners appointed Lee prosecutor in 2009 after incumbent John Knodell won a Superior Court judge’s post. Former Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Couture filed a bar complaint that year saying Lee tried to cover up his knowledge of a minor car accident involving a district court judge and had a conflict of interest in handling a police report involving a fired administrative assistant in his office who was suing the county for wrongful termination.
The bar association’s investigation dismissed the cover-up claims regarding the judge’s car accident. But the WSBA found cause to believe Lee transgressed in handling the administrative assistant’s matter, and further accused Lee of violating ethics when he asked deputy prosecutor Albert Lin, running against Lee for prosecutor in a November 2009 special election, to take on cases that were a conflict of interest for Lin or for the office.
Lee lost the Grant County prosecutor’s race last November to Moses Lake attorney Garth Dano. He has since moved into private practice in Vancouver, according to the Wenatchee World.