Six seek Aspen hospital seat |

Six seek Aspen hospital seat

John ColsonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN A half-dozen hopefuls have submitted letters of interest to Aspen Valley Hospital, hoping to take a seat on the board of directors recently vacated by former board treasurer John Jellinek.Two on the list local real estate broker Chuck Frias and environmental attorney Albert Slap ran unsuccessfully for election to the board last spring.Others on the list, according to AVH elections official Nell Strijbos-Arthur, are Denver businessman Gerald Grayson, who lives part-time in Aspen; longtime local Riggs Klika, who works at the Aspen Clubs Cancer Survivor Center for Health & Well Being; retiree Peter Laurus, who has lived in Aspen for four years and has been active on community boards; and Taylor Liebmann of Old Snowmass, who has been a volunteer at AVH for a dozen years or so and currently serves on the hospitals audit committee.At a Sept. 22 meeting, hospital officials appointed two board members, Barry Mink and Lee Schumacher, to go over the applications and narrow the list to a group of finalists.Interviews, if warranted, are to be conducted in open session before the full board, Strijbos-Arthur said.Jellinek resigned on Sept. 11 after a series of news stories laid out numerous financial and legal problems he was experiencing, and cited Aspen bankers who accused Jellinek of trying to peddle his influence as treasurer to obtain financial favors and preferential treatment.Jellinek has denied the accusations.Strijbos-Arthur said she will be certifying the applicants with the Pitkin County Clerk & Recorders Office Thursday to determine that they are eligible. She said she will get the resumes to Mink and Schumacher by Friday.The board has 60 days from Jellineks date of resignation to select and appoint a new board member to serve out the balance of Jellineks four-year term, which does not expire until 2010. The board expects to make the selection and announce it at a meeting Oct.

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