Contract extension

By From page A5 | September 06, 2013


Dear Directors Stanton, McNeil and Tucker,

In October of 2012 you extended General Manager Mary Cahill’s $120,000 a year contract for two years. At the August 2013 board meeting you extended her contact for one more year, even though this is less than halfway through the first extension. Before you voted for this extension, I asked for an explanation of what the general manager had done to warrant even discussing an extension of her contact. At the August board meeting I stated that giving an extension of the general manager’s contract was ill-advised due to the fact that the three of you could not possibly have enough examples of the general manager’s successes based on whatever matrix you have developed to judge her success at this point in her extension from 2012. I stated that the three of you would still be on the board in October 2014 when the general manager’s 2012 contact extension expires and you could revisit an extension at that time when you had the full range of what successes the general manager may obtain. I also stated that there is no good business reason to extend the general manager so soon after the she had accepted her new contract. None of you offered any rational explanation as to why the general manager deserves another extension of her $120,000 a year contract.

So the question again is, “What has the general manager done to warrant an extension of her $120,000 a year contract?” How is the Cameron Park CSD in better financial shape then before she was hired? You sat at the August board meeting and listened to the recreation manager’s report that the usage and revenues for the community center are lower this year than last. You heard how the attendance and revenues for the Summer Spectacular have declined every year since the three of you voted to allow the general manager to take this event over. Yet you have seen fit to extend her $120,000 a year contract. This defies all common sense and business logic.

Under the stewardship of general manager Cahill, the CSD is headed in the wrong financial direction and when asked what her plans are to correct the CSD’s financial slide, she offers nothing. When asked why the fortunes of the CSD are in decline under her leadership, she makes excuses instead of offering ideas and leadership. And when the public makes suggestions that even several of you three think are good, the general manager either “files” those ideas away or states that she and her staff don’t have time to accomplish anything that will reverse the financial decline of Cameron Park.

All three of you have voted repeatedly to give the general manager anything she has requested. You have justified this as supporting her so she can be a success. I would applaud this if you required her to justify her requests with real ideas and a proven track record of increasing successes yet you just continue to allow her to throw good money after bad. And now you have stuck Cameron Park with her ineptitude through 2015.

The three of you own the failures of general manager Cahill. Director Stanton and McNeil you will have to face the citizens of Cameron Park in 2014. Don’t expect to run for office and not answer for her failures and your continued support of them. Director Tucker you will face us in 2016. And don’t think that you will not be called upon to answer the public for the general manager’s many short comings.

Cameron Park

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