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Day 5 on the job, and Maria Capraun, the new interim general manager at the Georgetown Divide Water District, is wreaking havoc.
She was appointed under incredibly dubious circumstances, decided in closed session at GDPUD’s last special meeting, wherein she nominated and voted on herself to take over the position. If her vote hadn’t counted (the way it should be, since she is creating a conflict of interest), the vote would have been two in favor and two against. Not to mention that she has zero skills in running a business or a water district.
But all of that aside, in Dictator Maria’s first five days at the water district, she has upended the field crews from their normal work, enacted policies that the previous interim general manager (someone with skill and experience) was opposed to. She says that there is a huge deficit in the finances but her numbers are very wrong. The previous interim general manager’s finance statement paints a very different picture and I believe Maria is adjusting the numbers to suit her own agenda.
Furthermore, there are e-mails flying around where she has decided to clean house and install people that she can “easily control.” She plans on destroying and abusing the unions already in place, and generally creating a hostile workplace for everyone involved.
The bottom line is that Maria should never have made it into the position of general manager, based on experience and based on the vote. But now that she’s in, she’s destroying the company and targeting individuals that stand in her way. She is destroying the livelihoods of people who have stood in this community for decades, and who have stuck through all the drama through thick and thin because they believe in what the water district could be.
If Maria is allowed to destroy our water district, someone else will buy it out and take over. Special situations and grandfathered services will be changed or stopped, forget any kind of local service or repair, and most importantly, our rates will skyrocket.
Maria Capraun needs to know that she can’t just elect herself the general manager, and that she needs to step down immediately so that people who know what they’re doing can run the show, and can keep the board within the balance of power where they belong.