Anita Ballesteros, who took over as chairwoman of the Board of Health when the board reorganized last week, said she will institute a "no-name-calling" rule for future meeetings. Whenever one board member calls another a name, she will call a five-minute recess, she said, adding: "It has to stop."
Ballesteros said she will kick off the board's next meeting on June 18 with a discussion about conduct guidelines, in an attempt to curtail the infighting that has occurred at several meetings over the past year. "I want to see us walk in the room and put aside any personal feelings we have about one another," she said.
Board member Elizabeth Theiler opposed the election of Ballesteros as chair and Richard Maccagnano as vice-chair last week. Last fall, Ballesteros and Maccagnano voted to unseat Theiler from the chair, with Ballesteros calling Theiler's management style "random" and "disorganized."
– Calvin Hennick
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