Rogue Valley Manor residents have overwhelmingly approved a detailed out-of-court settlement that grants them more say in how Southern Oregon's best-known senior community is run.
The agreement hammered out between the Rogue Valley Manor Residents' Steering Committee and Pacific Retirement Services was presented Friday with voting conducted over the weekend. The agreement, which ended the threat of a class-action suit, was endorsed, 767-21.
"The focus was on the governance issues and creating a governance structure for now and the future so (Manor residents) will have a voice in the leadership of community," said Shannon Armstrong of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade & Mehlhaf, a Portland law firm. "One of the key components was strengthening the executive director and making it a dual reporting role so that the executive director reports both to the Rogue Valley Manor Board and PRS. We don't want something like what happened before — when the executive director and seven board members were unilaterally fired by PRS — to happen again in the future."
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Originally published in the January 29, 2013 Medford Mail Tribune.