Joe Dunn, an attorney and former state senator representing
an Orange County district, said Tuesday he was stepping
down as chief executive officer of the California Medical
Association, which represents some 35,000 doctors statewide. He also said he hoped to remain
with the CMA in some capacity.
Dunn and the CMA declined to comment on his decision.
But in an email sent to a number of people in the Capitol,
Dunn said he took the step because of family reasons.
"I cannot be both an effective CEO and a connected dad
while splitting my time between O.C. and Sacramento
in addition to all the other necessary travel necessary
as CEO," he wrote in the email.
Dunn said, however, that he desired to stay on at the
CMA in some capacity. "In fact, it is my hope to remain with the organization
in different role to support our new CEO and to continue
the important work on behalf of the physicians and
patients of California. These discussions already are
Dunn said he intends to remain as CEO until his replacement
is chosen by the CMA's board of directors. There was no indication how long
that process will take.
Dunn, a Democrat, served two terms in the state Senate before going to the CMA nearly three years
ago. During his time in the Senate, he chaired a Senate
committee that investigated market manipulation during
the 2000-01 meltdown of California's deregulated electricity market.
Dunn had hoped to run for state attorney general, but
decided to get out of that race after veteran Democrat Jerry Brown decided to run. Dunn later ran for controller but was
defeated in the 2006 primary.