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Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 | 11:18 a.m.
The Clark County Commission today selected University Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Barnard to replace outgoing CEO Brian Brannman on an interim basis.
Brannman is leaving UMC at the end of the month after nearly three years as CEO to take an executive position at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.
Barnard, the current second in command at UMC, was supported unanimously by commissioners.
“Brian, you picked a good COO when you brought (Barnard) in. That’s part of why there’s a comfort level with him moving forward,” Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said. “We’re all surprised by your leaving, but you’ve done a good job of stabilizing.”
Brannman was hired at UMC in 2008 to serve as chief operating officer and was chosen to take over as CEO in 2011; he earned an annual salary of $243,422. Prior to joining UMC, he spent much of his career working in health care for the Navy.
Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, who chairs UMC’s board, didn’t detail plans for a search for a permanent CEO.
He indicated that much of the responsibility for the search will be delegated to a newly formed independent governing board. The ultimate hiring decision will still remain with the County Commission.