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DALLAS The chair of Parkland Memorial Hospital's board faced tough questions Tuesday about the medical center's year-long search for a CEO.

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price asked about spending $400,000 on the search, and then re-starting it after two finalists had already been named.

Price said he's also upset about the board's refusal to turn over the search firm's commentary about the initial finalists.

"My frustration is, you have the best firm in the country known for health care and headhunting and then they give not only a reservoir of candidates, but also a commentary," the commissioner said.

Parkland's legal counsel Paul Leslie said the board wasn't required to release any information about the candidates.

Leslie told Price the discussions are protected by law because they are considered personnel matters.

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