CAMERON PARK — In a special closed session meeting Thursday the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors voted 3-2 against extending General Manager Fred Smith’s contract for another year and to release him from duties immediately.
Smith was notified of the board’s decision on Friday, March 25, a little more than six weeks shy of his first year as general manager.
“It was a contract provision that we had to notify him by March 25 whether we would be extending his contract or not,” said Board President Scott McNeil.
On the first motion to extend Smith’s contract, Directors McNeil, Alan Clarke and Greg Stanton voted no, while board Directors Shiva Frentzen and Richard Green voted for the extension.
“All of the board directors individually reviewed Mr. Smith’s performance, using the same format and questions,” said Frentzen. “I found Mr. Smith to be above satisfactory. ”
A second motion to remove Smith effective March 25 and place him on paid leave until his contract expires on May 10 passed, with McNeil, Clarke and Stanton voting for the motion and Frentzen and Green voting against.
Frentzen said she was chairman of the Revenue Enhancing Advisory Group for the CSD for a year in 2009.”The objective of the group was to come up with ideas to make (the) CSD self-sufficient and self-sustaining. None of the recommendations we made to the board and staff were implemented until Mr. Smith was hired. He implemented all the recommendations and made many of his own. In my opinion, he has done a great job for our community.”
McNeil said the board had not yet decided whether to appoint an interim general manager or hire a new GM.
“There will be no gaps in service,” said McNeil. “The CSD needs a general manager and this is the highest priority of the board. We want to find the best possible replacement.”
In a letter to the editor of the Mountain Democrat, published Oct.8, 2010, Cameron Park residents Bill and Jean Carey wrote,”… Approximately five months ago a new general manager arrived on the scene. This GM was hired by a long and rigorous hiring process to be sure that we hired the best. It was a board vote that was unanimous.This new GM, in just five months, has performed amazingly. He has organized the staff, takes a great deal of time to meet and listen to members of the community … He has done more to market the Community Center and other parts of the district than has ever been done. It is now very obvious to us in the community that this GM has dramatically changed our direction for the positive.”
The Cameron Park CSD hired Smith last May after being without a general manager for more than 18 months. Park Superintendent Paul Ryan and accounting clerk Livia Amadon had acted as co-general managers of the district after General Manager Tammy Mefford was placed on administrative leave at the end of 2008. Mefford sued for wrongful termination and alleged sexual harassment by two of the board directors at the time, Alan Clarke and Dave Johnson.
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