Following Cookeville City Council’s Thursday night decision to end the investigation of Ricky Shelton’s hiring at CRMC, the medical center released a statement saying the center had fully cooperated and had been transparent.
“CRMC is aware that the Cookeville City Council engaged an independent external investigator to review whether Ricky Shelton violated any law, statute or regulation as a result of his hiring as Chief Strategy Officer. As promised and with full transparency, we cooperated fully with the independent investigator, and are aware that the investigator concluded that Ricky Shelton did not violate any law, statute or regulation when he accepted a job at CRMC.
Throughout this entire process, CRMC leadership met independently with each member of the Cookeville City Council to answer any and all questions they had involving this matter. Hospital leadership also met with the independent investigator to answer his questions and provide the necessary information that he requested for his investigation. Throughout this entire process, we were fully transparent, shared the details of the entire hiring process and we are confident that we followed all laws, rules and regulations applicable to CRMC. We are pleased that the independent investigator found no violations and the Board of Trustees along with Hospital administration look forward to continuing our focus to provide safe, effective and quality care for the citizens of Cookeville, Putnam County, and the entire Upper Cumberland Region.”