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Don Veverka

Don Veverka

Donald Veverka, administrator of the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, was dismissed earlier this week, the California Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged Friday.

Responding to a media inquiry, June Iljana, the department's deputy secretary for communications, said "the administration decided to change leadership" at the facility.

Deputy Administrator Ursula Stuter will serve as acting administrator until a new administrator is appointed, Iljana said. 

Veverka, a veteran of 17 years in the health care industry, was appointed administrator in March 2014 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Then 67 years old, he had been superintendent and administrator at the Washington Veterans Home since 2011. 

In a Register interview in July 2014, Veverka said he would try to smooth out day-to-day operations at the home, while working to obtain the additional funding to improve aging facilities.

A resident of the home called the Register Friday to say rumors were swirling that Veverka was out, but there hadn't been an official announcement to members. 

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