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MASSENA - Massena Memorial Hospital’s Board Executive Committee has selected Cejka Search, Inc., St. Louis, Mo., to help them with their search for a new chief executive officer.

But the discussion among board of managers members Monday night wasn’t the firm itself, but the time allotted for them to speak with the two representatives from Cejka.

Executive Committee Chair Susan Bellor said the representatives would be available to speak with board members from 5 to 6 p.m. May 28 and 11 a.m. to noon May 29. She said that each board member could sign up for a 10-minute slot with the Cejka officials, “just to speak with them individually and let them know what they’re looking for in the next CEO.”

“Try to be prompt and get out on time. Each person has exactly 10 minutes along with these two men to share with them what you’re looking for. It’s a great opportunity. I hope you’ll take advantage of it,” Mrs. Bellor said.

But some board members said they preferred to go in as a group rather than individually. Paul Morrow said he would prefer to pool his time with two or three other board members who could spend more than 10 minutes with the representatives.

“Now it’s four board members instead of me just sitting there thinking of questions. I would feel more comfortable if I had two or three other board members with me when we’re asking questions,” he said.

“I’m surprised you’re saying that,” Mrs. Bellor said. “I would think that as an individual it’s your time to speak to what you want and not to be put aside in case someone else decides to monopolize your time. I’ll tell you, I don’t want to be in your slot. I want my own 10 minutes.”

Board member Gary Borgosz, however, agreed with Mr. Morrow.

“I kind of like the idea of bouncing some ideas around with several other people. I’m not comfortable by myself knowing the questions to ask in this particular situation,” he said.

But Mrs. Bellor said it wouldn’t be questions, rather “more like statements of what you want. They may be asking questions, what you’re looking for in the next CEO.”

Board member David M. MacLennan suggested that having more than one person might offer more insight if they “feed off” another person’s question.

“That’s where I’m coming from. We might all have the same question,” Mr. Morrow said.

“I just think it’s a valid concern. If 10 of us do attend for a 10-minute session, I’m sure if two folks that are there are going to be comfortable listening to 10 different people possibly say the same thing over and over again. I’m like Dave. I would feel a little more comfortable if there were two or three or even more people in the room,” Mr. Borgosz said.

Board member Loretta Perez agreed with having more than one person sitting in with the representatives.

“I think it’s better. We’ll feed off each other. I do think that taking 30 minutes with five people is a heck of a lot better than taking 10 minutes with one person. The questions could be redundant. We could all be asking the same thing,” she said.

Mrs. Bellor said she would revise the schedule so board members who wanted to talk individually could do so during the May 28 session, and those who wanted to go in as a group could slot themselves for the 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. session on May 29.

“Those who feel more comfortable, more secure in a group, then you have your whole hour,” she said.

The board’s Executive Committee had interviewed three firms to help with their CEO search to find a replacement for Charles F. Fahd II, who will be retiring at the end of the year. They opted to go with Cejka.

“They are health care only, and they’re ranked number one in the country,” she said.

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