Archive » October 19, 2007
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
By Steve Pappas, Journal Contributor
Let’s say for the moment that you are on the board of directors of a company.
As a board member, you appoint a president who has a yearly contract. That yearly contract pays him over $225,000. During your president’s term, he is sued for sexual harassment, costing your company just under $1 million. Later in his term, another law suit is filed against him, this time for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, assault, battery, breach of oral contract and negligent misrepresentation. This lawsuit is pending, but is certain to cost your company a lot of money. Next, the same president is given a task by your board, with explicit instructions to conduct a study on a specific issue. Instead of doing this, he uses the funds allotted for this study to indulge in what appears to be personal witch-hunt. What would you do when his contract was up for renewal?
As a board member it is up to you to decide his fate. Logic would likely tell you to give great consideration to not renewing his contract and to look for another qualified and capable candidate who better represents your company. Logic, as defined by Webster, is “a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration; the science of the formal principles of reasoning”
the above example as a true one that exists in our county. The members of the board
described above represent our five county supervisors. The president whose
performance has cost us, the tax payer’s ridiculous sums of money is our own chief
Believe it or
not, our board of supervisors recently voted to extend Mike Brown’s contract by
2 years, to May 2011. In addition, they voted to increase his severance pay
from four months to nine months, and they increased his benefit of an annual
contribution to the County Employees Retire
Doesn’t this leave you wondering how our county is being run -- and by whom? I think the constituents of our county are owed an explanation as to why Mike Brown’s frivolous behavior is being rewarded and not reprimanded. I also think the tax money that I pay the county should go toward useful and needed services, like the fire and police departments, public works, agricultural support and education - and not to pay for Mike Brown’s lawsuits and his personal pet projects.
What do you think?
I would like to note that although I do not agree with Supervisor Centeno’s vote in favor of Brown’s contract extension, it was because of his leadership that the Santa Ynez Valley Baseline Study (which Brown turned into a hit piece on thoroughbred horse-breeders) was brought back to the board and killed. For this action I commend Mr. Centeno and extend my thanks.