CEO of ECHCA resigns; arrested twice within 1 day
Published 1:56 pm Monday, August 29, 2022
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include comments from Jeff Booth, former CEO of the Escambia County Healthcare Authority.
After tendering his resignation as the CEO of the Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHCA) last week, Jeff Booth was arrested twice on charges of public intoxication and trespassing at the hospital.
After serving less than two years as the hospital CEO, Booth tendered his resignation via email to ECHCA board members on Thursday, August 25. That was followed by two arrests, one Friday and a second on Saturday, according to the Brewton Police Department.
According to a BPD press release from Sgt. Tyler Aaron, Booth was arrested after police received a call Thursday at approximately 9:40 p.m. regarding an “unwanted person” on the D.W. McMillan Hospital campus.
“Brewton police responded to D.W. McMillan Hospital in reference to an unwanted person on the campus,” Aaron said. “Officers made contact with Jeffrey Quentin Booth, who was on the property. It was determined that Booth was intoxicated and he was arrested for public intoxication.”
Aaron said Booth was given a trespass warning to remain off the campus by hospital administrators and was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center. On Saturday, he was given a bond and was released from jail on his own recognizance.
Police said a second arrest occurred later that same day when Booth returned to the property.
“Around 11 a.m. Brewton police responded to D.W. McMillan Hospital in reference to Booth being back on the property,” Aaron said. “Officers made contact with Booth and arrested him for criminal trespassing.”
On Monday, Booth said he is innocent of the charges brought against him.
“The charges are completely false and made up,” Booth said. “I was set up and I will prove it.”
He went on to say that he is seeking legal representation to assist him in the matter.
The BPD did not release any other details concerning the incident.
ECHCA Director of Public Affairs and Marketing Jason Daniel confirmed that Booth resigned his position as CEO of the healthcare authority.
“We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Daniel said.
The 59-year-old was appointed to the position of CEO of the ECHCA in April 2021.