Georgia Gardner has resigned from her position as District 2 Commissioner of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District.
“Georgia Gardner has been a trusted public servant for more than 30 years at both the state and local levels,” says WhidbeyHealth CEO Geri Forbes. “We are deeply grateful for her passion, dedication and commitment to the health of the Whidbey Island community.”
Gardner informed the District that she intends to retire in order to spend more time at her home in Mexico, to travel and to pursue other interests.
“Georgia’s service on the board has coincided with a time of great change and growth in the District,” says Ron Wallin, president of the hospital district board. “She has been an exemplary colleague and we all wish her well in her retirement.”
A longtime Central Whidbey resident, Gardner, a CPA, was selected by four sitting commissioners in June 2012 for the District 2 position. She was elected to a six-year term in November 2015.
With the departure, the District will seek a qualified applicant to replace Gardner. To be eligible, a candidate must reside in District 2, which is in Central Whidbey. Once applicants are identified, the process will include interviews held in open public meetings.
The selection process will be similar to the one used in summer 2016 when Oak Harbor veterinarian Dr. Eric Anderson was chosen to serve as District 5 commissioner.
“We will miss Georgia’s keen intellect and vast experience,” says Forbes. “She’s made an amazing contribution to the District.”
Gardner’s time on the board has been one of significant change. In 2013, the board successfully proposed to voters a $50 million bond to design and build a new inpatient wing. The following year, as the building project was starting to take shape, commissioners began the recruitment process that eventually brought Geri Forbes to serve as CEO of Whidbey General in 2015. In 2016, the board approved WhidbeyHealth as the new umbrella name for the hospital and all locations and services.
With Gardner’s departure, the board seeks a qualified applicant to serve as District 2 commissioner.
In general, the board and individual commissioners are responsible for overseeing the hospital district’s policies and organization with respect to the operation of the district, including the delivery of quality patient care. In fulfilling its obligation, the board’s role is to adopt the necessary general policies to achieve these ends and to delegate the day-to-day operational responsibility with respect to these policies to the district superintendent.
The successful applicant must be able to commit to selected committee meetings that may occur during the day. She or he must also be able to attend regularly scheduled board meetings held monthly at 7 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.
To be eligible to serve as a commissioner, a candidate must reside in the commissioner district from which he or she is elected. Relevant business and/or healthcare experience is preferable, but not required.
The boundaries of District 2 consist of census tracts 9710, 9711 and 9713 (approximately extending north from Bush Point Road near Freeland to Hastie Lake Road north of Coupeville).
An interested resident can confirm what census tract they live in by visiting this geocode site and typing in their address and zip code. After submitting your address, there will appear a small box on the left that says “Tract Code,” which identifies the resident’s census tract.
This vacancy will be filled upon interview and selection of a replacement by the remaining commissioners. Board members will review all applications submitted and will interview the most qualified applicants prior to naming their selected candidate.
All candidate interviews will take place in a public meeting, as will the vote for new commissioner.
Prospective commissioners must take an oath of office before commencing their term. The oath states that he or she will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office to the best of their ability.
To learn more, including a detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of board members, email Ron Wallin, District president and District 3 commissioner.
For other questions, you may contact any Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board Commissioner by calling 360.678.7656, ext. 4001 or by using the Contact Us form on this website.
Download the form for commissioner applicants. Application forms and resumes should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 17. To apply for the District 2 Commissioner position, please send your completed form and resume to:
101 North Main Street
Coupeville, WA 98239
Attention: Lorrie Mendlik