Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal last week named a Sheridan lawyer and Cheyenne financial planner to fill resignation-caused vacancies on the Wyoming Healthcare Commission. He named Dixie Roberts, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial Services, to be the commission's chairwoman.
The reappointments came amid political jockeying that includes Wyoming's governor wanting to wait for more support before adopting a proposed electronic health record system.
Roberts replaces Chairman T. Chris Muirhead. Roberts was a member of the commission when it was formed in 2003. Also appointed was Rex Arney, a lawyer and former state legislator to succeed George Bryce. Freudenthal did not name a replacement for the commission's executive director, Anne Ladd, who also resigned last week. Ladd said that Freudenthal was no longer interested in her opinions, while Muirhead and Bryce said it was a good time for them to move on. Freudenthal said that it wasn't that he didn't value Ladd's advice or take it seriously -- he just can't implement every idea that the commission recommends.
''You have to pick and choose, and some of them I'm not philosophically comfortable with,'' he said. For example, he said that he was hesitant to spend millions on a proposed electronic health-record system without hearing clear support from others, such as the Wyoming Medical Society.