Search on for new administrator for senior care facilities

    A familiar task is before city officials and board members again—finding an administrator for Imperial’s senior care facilities.
    A resignation from Nolan Gurnsey was formally accepted Monday night at a meeting of the Imperial senior services board.
    Gurnsey had indicated verbally after a Jan. 23 board meeting he was planning to resign, said Doug Gaswick, who chairs the senior services board. It was formally acted on at this week’s meeting, he said.
    His last day on the job will be Feb. 28.
    Gurnsey cited family health issues for his decision. With his parents in Bassett, about five and a half hours from Imperial, a desire to be closer to them was the major reason for resignation, Gurnsey said Tuesday.
    He said nothing about the community or his job here factored into the decision.
    “This community embraced me from the beginning and accepted me beyond what I expected,” he said.
    He said the senior care facilities here are wonderful, and he’s had a great staff to work with who have accepted the changes he’s put forth.
    Gurnsey has accepted an administrator’s position with  Linden Court Nursing Home in North Platte. His first day on the job there is March 1.
    Gurnsey’s wife has family in Sutherland. The couple has two children.
    Gurnsey served as administrator of the Imperial Manor and Parkview-Heights for just over 19 months. His first day on the job was July 6, 2015.
    He will leave at an annual salary of $84,750 with the potential of up to $4,000 annually in bonuses.
    On Tuesday this week, board members and officials with Lantern Health Services, which manages the Imperial facilities, met with two individuals about the position, Gaswick said. If a new administrator is not on board by Feb. 28, Lantern Health Services will provide one of its consultants to fill the role until someone is hired, he added.
    Gaswick said they’ve set a special meeting for Monday to review “some good candidates.”

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