Special Meeting of the Board
Via Video Conference
September 24, 2018
At 7:00 p.m., on Monday, September 24, 2018, Dr. Andrew Cook, President of the Board, called the meeting to order in special session pursuant to notice duly given as required by G.S. 143-318.12(b)(2). Present on the call were Drs. Andrew Cook, President, Scott Philippe, Secretary-Treasurer, Michael Johnson, Jerry Ellington, Michael Haines, James Raynor, and Susan Watson, members of the Board, Dr. William Rafferty, Executive Director, Mr. Johnny Loper, Board Attorney, and Janice Peterson, Executive Administrator of the Board.
Dr. Cook called the Board Members’ attention to the North Carolina Ethics Commission Conflict of Interest Statement after which he stated the purpose of the meeting was to discuss matters in the investigative stage that involves North Carolina licensed optometrists, and to consider two proposed Board Orders, two Private Letters of Concern (PLOC) to be issued to the licensees, and one Board Order closing an investigation.
On a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the Board went into closed session in accordance with G.S. 90-121.5 and G.S. 143-318.11(a)(1) and (3).
A copy of the proposed Board Orders and PLOCs had been previously provided to the Board members. Mr. Loper reviewed each of the proposed documents and identified the issues involved, and, along with Dr. Rafferty, answered questions posed by the Board and provided information and analysis until the Board indicated it was ready to consider what action to take. No vote or other action was taken in closed session.
On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Mrs. Watson, and carried unanimously the Board returned to open session.
On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the Board approved the Board Orders and PLOCs. President Cook will sign each document on behalf of the Board. As provided by G.S. 90-121.5, the PLOC’s are not public records
On a motion by Dr. Philippe, seconded by Dr. Ellington, and passed unanimously, the Board went back into closed session in accordance with GS 143-318.11. The purpose of the closed session was for Mr. Loper to provide counsel to the Board on a matter that might lead to administrative or civil litigation.
The Board came out of closed session on a motion by Dr. Ellington, seconded by Dr. Johnson, and passed unanimously. No motions were made and no actions were taken during closed session.
On a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Dr. Haines, and carried unanimously the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 P.M.
The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for November 8, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina.