On Monday, August 12, 2013, the Miami Herald reported that the chief financial officer of Miami-Dade's public hospital system has a court hearing scheduled for September 19th in Broward County Court on drunk driving charges.
Mark Timothy Knight, age 51, is the chief financial officer of the Jackson Health System. He pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from a DUI arrest last October. According to a Broward Sheriff's Office DUI Task Force deputy, on October 27, 2012 at 2:24 a.m. he found Knight asleep behind the wheel of his 2008 Mercedes-Benz sedan.
The arrest report listed Knight's blood alcohol content at 0.224% and .231%, nearly three times the legal limit which is .08% in Florida and the rest of the nation.
The October 27th arrest took place on the second anniversary of the date that Knight was hired as the chief financial officer of Jackson, Miami-Dade's taxpayer-funded hospital network. He earns a salary of $340,000, in addition to around $120,000 in benefits.
According to a Jackson spokesman, Knight told Jackson CEO Carlos Migoya about the DUI arrest the day after it occurred. When the Miami-Herald attempted to speak with Knight, he declined to comment and the Herald was unsuccessful in contacting his defense attorney. "Mark Knight is a tireless public servant who has been instrumental in Jackson Health System's turnaround, and he immediately reported this incident to me in accordance with our policies and personal professional standards, " said Migoya in a statement. "We are all certainly aware of the grave risks presented by impaired driving, and I respect Mark's private decisions to address the legal and personal issues in an appropriate manner."
Deputy David Faccini found Knight sleeping in the driver's seat of his Mercedes-Benz outside of the Apple-Health Spa locates at 5154 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale with the engine running and the lights on. Deputy Faccini first tried to rouse Knight by knocking on his windshield, but that didn't work. Knight did not wake until Deputy Faccini bounced the car up and down by sitting on the hood. In the police report, Faccini noted that Knight had bloodshot eyes, he was slurring his words and his breath smelled of alcohol.
Before Knight was hired as the CFO of Jackson, he worked as the CFO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the North Broward Hospital District (now Broward Health), and the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged.