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Cameron Park GM

By From page A5 | November 18, 2013

EDITOR:

The Cameron Park CSD general manager, Mary Cahill, receives a salary of $100,000 a year plus benefits and is given 36 days off per year with pay. This means she works about 10.5 months per year. As a result of the actions of the male members of the Board of Directors at the October CSD meeting, she will collect this lavish compensation with no oversight or accountability.

During the October meeting Director Vicky Neibauer asked if the general manager could include more detail in her monthly report. Director Neibauer asked for a general overview of what organizations the GM is meeting with, what her goals are in meeting with each organization and a statement on where the general manager is at in regard to those goals. This prudent suggestion was met with a chorus of howls by the GM and Director Scott McNeil. The GM protested that she needs to be left alone to do her job. It was pointed out to General Manager Cahill that no one was telling her how to do her job, but what was being asked was an overview of what she is accomplishing while doing her job. Of course, this prompted directors McNeil, Stanton and Tucker to protest that this simple request was somehow a form of micromanagement. When directors Neibauer and Frentzen pointed out that it is common practice for executives who are responsible for directing the activities of employees to have this type of overview the cries of micromanagement filled the air.

Several members of the public pointed out that it’s common practice for employers to require employees who work in the field to provide activity reports. At this point, the general manager broke down claiming she is doing a good job, has brought the CSD thousands of dollars (without substantiation of either claim) and just wants to be thanked. Director Frentzen, much to her credit, pointed out to GM Cahill that since she has taken over the reins of the CSD the rentals of the CSD facilities are down, the participation in CSD recreation programs are down, the attendance at the CSD’s major events are down, as well as the CSD’s revenues. Director Frentzen stated that to her this is a red flag. Ya think?

All of the common sense expressed by directors Frentzen, Neibauer and the public died due to the fact that the GM’s three amigos decided that she should not be subjected to any oversight or be held accountable for her activities. The three amigos must feel that expecting accountability for GM Cahill is somehow being unkind to her.

So, there you have it. Cameron Park directors, McNeil, Stanton and Tucker think it’s perfectly OK for you to give GM Cahill over $100,000 a year in compensation, work only 10.5 months per year and not expect or require any form of oversight or any accountability from her for this lavish compensation. And, taxpayers of Cameron Park, don’t even ask for any kind of proof of tangible success from GM Cahill, because, if you do, you will be accused of micromanagement and being unkind to her. Is it any wonder Cameron Park is hemorrhaging red ink?

If General Manager Cahill disagrees with anything in this letter she is most welcome to tell her side of things.

BILL CAREY
Cameron Park

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