On June 26, the Executive Office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced Max Huntsman has been appointed as interim inspector general to oversee the county’s skilled nursing home facilities.
On May 26, the board voted unanimously to appoint an inspector general to oversee skilled nursing home facilities, which account for more than half of the county’s deaths from COVID-19.
Huntsman, who has served as the first-ever county’s inspector general overseeing accountability for both the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Probation departments since 2013, will now also be tasked with developing recommendations on how to strengthen oversight for skilled nursing home facilities and how to improve their operations long-term until a final recruitment and selection is completed.
Huntsman is a seasoned county employee with 29 years of service. He has worked for the office of the district attorney and is known for leading anti-corruption efforts, conducting investigations and prosecuting white collar crime throughout his law career.
“I am in strong support of the board’s desire to do everything we can to improve nursing home care,” Huntsman said.
The first task at hand will be for Huntsman to conduct an exhaustive review of the county’s oversight mechanisms for skilled nursing facilities that care for some of the most vulnerable residents.
Huntsman will be expected to provide a proposed scope of work to the board by Aug. 1 that outlines a schedule for completing a full report on his findings, and report back with interim reports every 60 days until a final report is completed.