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County Czar’s Gestapo-like actions

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From page A5 | May 08, 2013 |

The Board of Supervisors recently re-approved the County Czar position by changing the county’s ordinances and job descriptions to reorganize the various Building, Planning, Environmental Management and Transportation departments under the direction of Kim Kerr as the county’s head czar, a position for which she doesn’t have the proper education, experience or credentials.

You can rest assured that even though the ordinance had not been changed since late last December when the reorganization was conceptually approved by the board, Kim Kerr didn’t waste any time assuming her new role last January when she lined up employees of the Building Department and Planning Department like a drill sergeant. At that meeting, she decided to pull one well-liked younger woman employee out of line and berate her and bring her to tears in front of everyone for no apparent reason other than to give the impression she was now in power.

What has Kerr done since that moment you might ask? She immediately went to one of the more experienced and licensed civil engineers in the Department of Transportation, a longtime and trusted employee with 25 years with the county and told him “don’t bother applying for the director of transportation position, you won’t be selected.” He promptly retired and took his institutional knowledge with him.

What kind of county work environment does the Assistant CAO foster you might ask? It lends itself to being an environment of gross incompetence where fear and intimidation prevail, the hiring of inexperienced employees and nepotism are the norm and problems and expensive mistakes are quietly swept under the rug.

Why our new supervisors continue to go along with this charade I’ll probably never know.

JAMES SMITH
Placerville

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