The longest serving trustee for Erlanger hospital has submitted his resignation from the board.
Chattanooga attorney Russell King, who has served for 14 years, said he is resigning because he wants to move along the board's restructuring process.
“The board needs to be downsized,” King said Wednesday. “I love Erlanger, but my position has been eliminated, and it's time for me to go.”
King had most recently been appointed to the board by Hamilton County's chancery judges. That appointment was eliminated earlier this year in legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.
While King would have been allowed to finish out his last two years on the board before the position expired, he said he believed the board needed to evolve more quickly.
“I believe that the Board should be modernized in several ways, and strongly support our Legislative Delegation’s continuing efforts to improve the governing structure,” King wrote in his resignation letter.
He added that he believed the board should become a depoliticized and self-perpetuating body by adopting a 501(c)3 model.
King wrote in his letter that he was "greatly honored to have been a small part of such a wonderful medical center for so many years."
Before his current appointment, King previously served on the Erlanger board, including a period as chairman, from 1988 until 1995 through appointments by the Hamilton County legislative delegation.
He again joined the Erlanger board in 2008 at the judges' request. King is the only Erlanger trustee to be appointed by two different political groups.