Ezzard won’t take HSA chair

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller has ruled himself out of becoming the Health Services Authority’s next board chairman, saying it would distract him from representing constituents.

Mr. Miller informed North Side residents of his decision during a Wednesday night public meeting in the district.

‘Given all that has transpired, I am minded not to take the position if it were offered to me, because I need to spend the time representing the people of North Side,’ he told the Compass Thursday.

‘Being chairman, the kind of time that is going to take to sort out all the problems that exist up there; basically, that is going to be a full-time job,’ he said of the HSA board chair role.

Contacted Thursday, Health Minister Mark Scotland declined to name who remains in the running for the job, but said Mr. Miller’s exit from the race came as news to him.

He predicted an announcement on the post by Friday. Mr. Scotland said last week there were at least two candidates in the running to take over from Pastor Al Ebanks, who will step down from the board in September after four years in the role.

Mr. Miller insisted he would be prepared to help out the new health minister however he can, but will stop short of making a recommendation on who should take over the board.

‘I would still be willing and prepared to work with the government and … the minister of health in particular, in any way that I could to help solve the myriad of problems facing the health of the people and in health insurance,’ he said.