CONCORD — A former New Hampshire Local Government Center subsidiary may have violated its own bylaws during elections for new board members on Tuesday, according to its state regulator.
“We have concerns that the procedural scheme they have put together for voting may not comport with their bylaws,” said Bureau of Securities Regulation Director Barry Glennon said of HealthTrust.
The elections were held despite a letter Glennon sent to HealthTrust Executive Director and state Sen. Peter Bragdon, saying he believed that a rules change adopted by the board on Nov. 22 “may disenfranchise certain representatives of member political subdivisions because of a lack of notice.”
“They do have to follow the bylaws. It’s really the road map for the organization and how it operates,” Glennon said.
Bragdon said HealthTrust did not violate its bylaws with the rules change, which laid out who could vote on behalf of HealthTrust’s members.
“In fact, (the rules change) clarified what the bylaws said,” Bragdon said.
Meanwhile, the Dover City Council may independently challenge the election of new HealthTrust board member Allan Krans on the grounds that Krans, executive director of the Dover Housing Authority, does not meet the definition of a municipal public official, which was the spot Krans, who had been recommended by a HealthTrust nominating committee, won over Dover City Councilor Catherine Cheney, who was endorsed by the Dover City Council.
The HealthTrust bylaws defines a municipal public official as an official “of a New Hampshire city, town, village district, or an entity created for a special purpose administered or funded by any of the above-named governmental units.”
Cheney and Dover Councilor Dr. Mike Crago said the Dover Housing Authority is not administered or funded by the city of Dover or any local government.
“We’re certainly going to initiate an official inquiry,” Crago said.