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Renville County hospital administrator on leave, building project slowed

OLIVIA — Renville County Hospital board members voted unanimously this morning to place Administrator Glenn Haugo on paid administrative leave moments after meeting in closed session in Olivia.

The meeting had been closed for the purpose of discussing allegations of misconduct. The allegations are for performance issues, according to Renville County Attorney David Torgelson.

Haugo arrived at the meeting after the board had met in closed session. The members closed the meeting again, this time at the administrator’s request to discuss the issues with him. Afterwards, Board Chairman John Stahl said Haugo decided during the closed session not to be presented with the allegations until after the hospital employs an outside counsel to conduct an investigation on behalf of the county. Had he requested the allegations, they would also have been made public.

Haugo had been asked to leave the hospital on Friday. Stahl said the allegations pertain to on-going issues that apparently had occurred over a few months, but that he and other board members were first told about the allegations on Friday. The decision to ask Haugo to leave the hospital on Friday came after the board’s executive committee met that day.

Haugo will remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.

Renville County Attorney David Torgelson advised the board that it was important to note that Haugo was not being disciplined.

Hospital board members also voted to put the brakes on the current proposal to build a new hospital. Board members still are interested in going forward, but agreed to contract with Yanik Companies, of Spring Park, to conduct public information meetings and open communication with elected officials in communities in the county.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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