Overton Brooks VA Medical Center director reassigned

SHREVEPORT - The director at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport is reassigned following allegations of wrongdoing. 
 
The allegations against Toby Mathew were referred to VA’s Office of Accountability Review (OAR) for investigation as required by VA policy. 
 
Effective February 1, Mathew has been temporarily detailed to the VISN 16 office in Ridgeland, MS., where he will be working in non-supervisory capacity while OAR completes its investigation. 
 
Once completed, the evidence will be examined by the appropriate management officials delegated with the duty to take appropriate corrective action. 
 
While this move was taken at the behest of local officials, VA Senior Leadership is closely monitoring the situation.
 
Effective immediately, Zachary Sage, the Overton Brooks VAMC Associate Director, will serve as Acting Medical Center Director through February 5, 2017. 
 
Effective Monday, February 6, 2017, Richard Crockett, Deputy Medical Center Director at Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System, in Little Rock, will assume the position of Interim Medical Center Director for Overton Brooks VA Medical Center until further notice.
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs released this statement.
 
"There is nothing more important to VA than caring for the nation’s Veterans. That care includes protecting courageous employees who expose wrongdoing, investigating allegations of wrongdoing, and taking appropriate disciplinary action when an employee’s actions run counter to our expectations. In keeping with federal law, we promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of serious misconduct and, where such allegations are substantiated, observe all due process while we discharge our solemn duty to maintain the efficient and effective operation of the VA."
 
Mathew was appointed Medical Center Director at Overton Brooks back in December 2014 after having served as the interim medical center director since June of that year.

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