Hargrove chosen to replace Foster

Gerard Edic, Staff Writer, Greenwood Commonwealth

Retired businessman Hank Hargrove has been chosen to replace Sammy Foster on the Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board.

The City Council appointed Hargrove in a 5-0 vote during its meeting Tuesday. Ward 6’s David Jordan abstained***, and Ward 2’s Lisa Cookston was absent.

The Hospital Board, jointly named by the city and Leflo­re County, is composed of five members. Two are
appointed by the county, two by the city, and one by the city and county together.

Hargrove will begin serving June 1. Foster was originally appointed in 1998 and became board chairman in August 2018.

“I appreciate the confidence you all put in me,” Hargrove said to the council. He and his family owned Delta Distribut­ing Co., a wholesaler of Anheuser-Busch products. Following the company’s 2015 sale to Meridian-based Mitchell Distributing, Har­grove retired.

He said several of his family members have worked at the hospital but also said, “I know I’ve got to learn about hospital administration.”

“We have to have this hospi­tal,” he said. “We’ve got to work with what we have to try and make it better.”

Mayor Carolyn McAdams said she nominated Hargrove instead of Foster because “20 years is a long time to serve on the board.”

“At some point, we just need to let other people serve, and I believe that,” she said.

Explaining his reason for abstaining, Jordan said: “I have nothing against Mr. Har­grove, but Mr. Foster is a friend, and he’s been doing a good job. If you’re going to ter­minate people because they’ve been there a long time, most of us have been here over 20 years but they haven’t termi­nated us. For that reason, I cannot go against a friend who has tried to serve the city as best he could.”

***In the 5/23/19 issue of the Greenwood Commonwealth the following appeared in the Corrections & Clarifications column:  Greenwood City Councilman David Jordan voted no on the nomination of Hank Hargrove to replace Sammy Foster on the Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board.  Jordan’s vote was listed incorrectly in an article Wednesday.