I find it absolutely disgusting that El Dorado County’s CAO Terri Daily and Assistant CAO Kim Kerr are trying to claw back the health retirement benefits promised to retirees of El Dorado County. Several ex-county employees stood up nearly in tears at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday describing how they have cancer and other ailments requiring treatment and can’t afford to pay for the CAO’s screw up. These are ex-county employees that were forced out in early retirement and promised medical benefits as part of their early retirement benefit package. They were given a deal and the county should abide by the deal.
This $500,000-plus insurance mistake was caused by the county’s executive management and more specifically, Kim Kerr. Isn’t Kim Kerr’s background and expertise insurance and risk management? Why didn’t Kim explain the real root cause of the problem to the Board of Supervisors and public as County Auditor Joe Harn, CPA requested in his e-mail of April 21? There seemed to be no personal accountability.
The mistake happened 23 months ago at around the same time Kim Kerr began her employment with El Dorado County. Among Kim Kerr’s many past titles of expertise, she also claims to have been a military staff sergeant, coroner investigator, deputy CAO and city manager. Kim Kerr’s “Jack of all Trades” mentality and master at none is becoming like a dull 14-tool Swiss Army Knife — totally useless and costly! For those of you who haven’t read the City of Ione mayor’s letter responding to the Amador County Grand Jury regarding Kim Kerr’s former conduct in Ione, it is enlightening and no wonder these screw ups are occurring in El Dorado County now.
I wonder how our CAOs would like their salaries and benefits clawed back? I find this treatment of ex-county employees, many who could be classified as elderly, absolutely appalling and disgusting!