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Leon County commissioner wants answers after Bond CEO resigns

Bond Community Health Center
Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-19 14:58:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Leon County commissioner Bill Proctor says he wants answers after Bond Community Health Center CEO abruptly resigned this week.

"I'm here because I'm standing up for people who otherwise don't have no place else to go and they're depending on bond to be tight and right," said Bill Proctor.

Building up the Bond Community Health Center here in Leon County has been a priority for commissioner Bill Proctor for years. The first location for the center originated at the now Smith-Williams center in the Southside of Tallahassee. Commissioner Proctor and WTXL's Brittany Jones went back to that very spot.

"More than three decades of dedicated effort to this community and it seems like we've never been in a situation like this," said Proctor.

The recent turnover in leadership has sparked commissioners concerns.

"I'm telling you this leadership is sorry," said Proctor.

Bond's acting CEO Debra Weeks resigned Thursday and on top of that the former CEO was let go in September of last year.

Bond receives millions from the state and the federal government to provide healthcare to the uninsured.

They also get about $800,000 dollars from the county which is currently on hold.

"The public should not put money into an organization that we don't understand where their going," said Proctor.

The chairman of bond's board declined to respond to Proctor's concerns but issued a statement on how they plan to move forward:

Antonio Jefferson says in part:

"We look forward to working with our staff, patients, stakeholders and community partners to strengthen our institution so that we may continue to provide quality healthcare services to the 16,000 patients we serve."

But that's not enough for commissioners like Proctor who says if they don't get answers, the money will go elsewhere.

"We need to invest the public money in a product and a service that is going to yield the qualitative and high result for citizens," said Proctor.