Dublin VA chief leaves post early, after announcing retirement

Dublin VA chief leaves post early, after announcing retirement

DUBLIN, GA (WALB) - The Veterans Administration said in a news release Friday morning that the head of the VA Clinic in Dublin is under scrutiny for manipulating data, and officials want him replaced.

John S. Goldman, director of the Carl Vinson Center  in Dublin, had announced his retirement after 42 years of federal service on Monday.

Friday afternoon, Public Affairs Supervisor Dr. Frank G. Jordan, Jr. told WALB News: "The purpose of this proposed removal is to honor our commitment to hold all senior executives accountable for their actions and to ensure continuity of leadership for employees and Veterans at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center."

The release says the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed removal of the Director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (CVVAMC) in Dublin, following an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General, and a follow-up review by the Office of Accountability Review (OAR), in which allegations of data manipulation were substantiated.

The Deputy Secretary of the VA said he took this action in coordination with OAR, which assists VA facilities in accelerating leadership accountability actions and ensuring that such actions are applied consistently across the Department.

Dr. Shirley Warren, RN, is designated acting director of the CVVAMC until Monday, September 29, when Thomas Grace, associate director for the Atlanta VA Medical Center, will assume the duties. The CVVAMC is actively recruiting for a new permanent director.

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