MEDFORD, Ore. – The changes at the Rogue Valley Manor are official. Pacific Retirement Services or PRS held a meeting Friday evening and terminated seven members of the Rogue Valley Manor Board and Executive Director Kevin McGlaughlin.
Earlier this month, PRS placed McGlaughlin on paid leave this after he and the other board members tried severing ties with PRS altogether. When asked about the status of McGlaughlin’s position after Friday evening’s meeting, PRS CEO Brian McLemore said, “We’re not going to comment on the executive director’s position. That’s a personal issue. We’re not going to talk about that.” After speaking with McGlaughlin, Newswatch 12 confirmed at 7:50 p.m. Friday he received a call informing him of his termination. McGlaughlin said that serving as the executive director of the Rogue Valley Manor Board was truly a great honor, calling it one of the highlights of his life.
Back in 1991, the Rogue Valley Manor created PRS under the impression that no profit would come of the services. According to manor officials, this changed and that’s why they wanted to separate from PRS. Friday night’s meeting marks the end of the official battle, but according to some of the residents NewsWatch12 spoke with on Friday, they are interested in revisiting the topic, taking PRS to court themselves. “By firing the board they basically remove our bargaining wedge or side. So, we are going to seek ways of reconstituting bargaining groups for us,” said Jim Stocker, a resident at the Manor.
After Friday evening’s meeting, McLemore said he hopes to improve relationships with the residents. “Our commitment is to get in front of the residents and start communicating the process, maybe make some more corrections that we can get more participation from residents on certain aspects and including participation on the board,” he said.