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Breaking news: Jellinek resigns

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
John Jellinek

ASPEN ” A series of accusatory newspaper articles apparently has forced the resignation of John Jellinek, a board member for Aspen Valley Hospital since 2002 and one of those credited with saving the hospital from financial ruin several years ago.

Jellinek sent a letter of resignation to the board’s chairman, local developer John Sarpa, shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday, in the wake of front-page stories in the Aspen Daily News accusing Jellinek of financial improprieties and entanglements that may or may not have involved Jellinek’s role as treasurer for the hospital’s board of directors.

In the letter, Jellinek refers to “this terrible personal attack on us” and states that “these painful and distasteful smears at myself as well as Jane [his wife] cannot continue.” He is referring to two articles, published on Sept. 10 and 11.

He writes to Sarpa, “I can no longer live my life in the Aspen Daily News” and, in his parting comment of the letter declares, “I helped save the Hospital and I hope this action will help you and the rest of the board members refocus on the tasks at hand.”

Jellinek, a businessman and investor, was first elected in 2002, at a time when the hospital was reeling in debt and teetering on the brink of fiscal collapse following years of poor management.

Jellinek did not respond in his letter to any of the information or accusations in the Daily News articles.

For more on Jellinek’s resignation, see the Friday’s Aspen Times.

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