Opinion: What’s the real agenda for trustees Smith, Callicrate?
In reading the hit piece on Mr. Pinkerton propelled by Trustees Smith and Callicrate, I began to put the pieces together. The size and timeliness of the Board Packet is not issue — they have an agenda.
Jim Smith has issues with anyone who disagrees with him. He has earned a reputation for being controlling, does not understand/follow the role of a trustee by getting into the weeds of operations, and brings in “friendly” consultants to promote his agenda.
Tim Callicrate seems to have picked up Smith’s lead. He claims to have “integrity issues” with Mr. Pinkerton. That type of serious accusation needs to be backed up by fact!
As a new Trustee (although he continues to live in the past), it is hard to imagine what types of issues have come to his attention. Disagreement about operations, budgets or staffing do not equate to “integrity issues.”
As those who follow IVGID’s meetings, it wasn’t long ago that Trustee Smith was behind an effort to create a position of Assistant General Manager and a position of Administrative Assistant to the Board.
He claims “succession planning” for the Asst. GM at a time when the current GM had been on Board less than a year! The question must be asked — was Smith planning to back-stab Mr. Pinkerton back then?
And, if the reason for having a dedicated Administrative Assistant to the Board was because of “extreme workload” (Smith’s words to me), how can he publicly fault the GM for the size of and timeliness of the Board Packet?
It should be noted that this effort to increase staff was met with a resounding “no” from the Community.
While I have some issues with GM Steve Pinkerton, I do understand the difficulty of his role. It is quite apparent that the Chairman of the Board really wants to be the GM.
This makes for a difficult situation. I would hope that this dysfunctional situation gets resolved. Is it time for Smith and Callicrate to go?
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