Sunset Home may have interim head before CEO replacement is found

Posted: Nov. 12, 2012 10:17 am Updated: Dec. 3, 2012 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Sunset Home administrators are in the process of finding a new CEO and may first place an interim person in that position before a full-time replacement is found.

Board President Tom Kelling said Monday morning that type of plan could make the transition easier in the wake of last week's resignation of Christine Hopson as CEO. Sunset Home has provided care and shelter for the elderly dating to 1889, and it is affiliated with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Hopson and two others left Sunset Home Nov. 7.

"We are looking for a replacement (to Hopson), a new administrator," Kelling said. "Things continue to run smoothly. There is a great staff in place there."

Kelling said Michael Bayles, a retired businessman, is overseeing day-to-day operations until an interim or a replacement can be named.

Kelling discounted rumors about city or state officials being involved with any sort of investigation regarding the personnel changes.

"That is completely untrue," he said. "There are no city or state officials at Sunset Home and never were. This is simply a personnel matter that we had to care of."

Kelling said a "security person" was stationed in the lobby "for a couple of days" to prevent any of the people who had left from returning to the Sunset Home campus at 418 Washington.

"This is an HR (human resources) issue," Kelling said.