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Not clear if dispute resolved between hospital, fired CEO in Renville County, Minn.

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OLIVIA - Four months after his termination, it's not clear yet if the dispute between the Renville County Hospital and Clinics and its former administrator is fully resolved.

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Asked if the matter was resolved, former administrator Glenn Haugo said on Thursday that it's "sort of over, but it's not, on the other hand.''

In response to the same question, Renville County Administrator Sara Folsted said she could not provide any additional information.

The Renville County Hospital and Clinics board of directors terminated Glenn Haugo as the chief executive director without cause by a unanimous vote on March 26, according to Haugo.

The RC Hospital and Clinics subsequently paid the former administrator severance.

The board appointed Nathan Blad as the new CEO for the county-owned operations in April.

Haugo had served as administrator for 5½ years. He was told to leave the hospital Jan. 18. On Jan. 23, the Renville County Board of Commissioners met in closed session and voted to place the administrator on paid leave while an investigation was conducted.

After the closed session, Renville County Attorney David Torgelson said the allegations were for performance issues.

Renville County retained outside legal counsel to investigate the matter. The report was provided to the county administrator before board members formally acted to terminate the administrator and appoint a successor.

When reached by phone on Thursday, Haugo said he believes the hospital board considers the matter resolved, but indicated that he does not.

He said he is exploring his options at this point.

Haugo has not seen the report completed on behalf of the county. He said there had not been any negative complaints about his work made to him through his tenure. He pointed out that a recently completed audit for the past fiscal year showed the operation was in good financial shape.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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