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Opinion: IVGID deserves new, qualified general manager

I have difficulty subscribing to delay as a tactic to avoid full compliance with Trustee directives and NRS requirements. Nor do I condone the long list of excuses to justify these recurrent delays.

This is not the first time material for IVGID board meetings, workshops and committees have been delivered by the General Manager and Senior Staff at the 11th hour.

Unfortunately, there have been occasions when the required or requested material wasn’t available at all and meetings were cancelled.

It is difficult to accept the recent summary of explanations for this continued tardiness and failure to achieve best management practices.

“I find both of your statements and actions reprehensible. You are creating anarchy. This job is not about you, it’s about the people you represent and serve.”

In a short article in the Thursday, April 23, Bonanza, it appears that IVGID General Manager Pinkerton has blamed the struggle with public agencies and not enough support staff.

He has also complained about the board’s request for a lot of budget detail and the overwhelming “written statements from residents” that must, by law, be included in the board packets.

Are we to conclude from his defense that we should expect less from government, because it is government? Is our deficit of support staff due to our top-heavy senior management, or their inability to staff their divisions properly?

Is the financial management of our district and the budget methodology designed by staff so convoluted that they had to spend weeks to decipher and put it in order for our trustees and our community’s consideration?

Is the compilation of community correspondence so burdensome that citizens should be encouraged not to write —as their comments, concerns and lack of trust in IVGID is preventing the General Manager and Senior Staff from successfully meeting their responsibilities?

Is the General Manager doing the best job he can do for our district? If one places a high priority on mastering excuses for failing performance, the answer is yes: Apparently it is the best job he can do.

If you have a different definition and value mastering performance and striving for excellence as the best job a General Manager can undertake for our district, please ask the trustees to consider a unanimous vote to search for a new, qualified general manager.

Linda Newman is an Incline Village resident.

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