I’m writing to see if you might have the bandwidth to take on the attached appointment request. As I am personally acquainted with the subject in question, I am unable to ignore the possible conflict of interest in doing the evaluation myself.
It is nothing particularly dramatic, to be clear. Commander Pohl was previously assigned to the starbase medical department and I consider him a colleague. We additionally both worked together as department heads of our respective offices for nearly a year.
While I’m comfortable with the possibility of needing to do further professional or patient work with him in the future, I would simply prefer not to be the first check in his return to service, even if only for appearance’s sake.