To The Daily Sun,
Well folks I am sorry to inform you that as hard as the voters tired to fix our county government, it is more of a dysfunctional mess than ever. Haven't we had enough of this? How much more taxpayer dollars are going to be spent on legal fees? Last year because of this infighting it cost us many thousands and it seems we are heading there again.
I have been involved in this mess for over two years now. This is not something I asked for but I got dragged in due to circumstances. I have had ample opportunity to witness the inner workings of our county government, and it is a total mess. If you want a model of how not to run an organization, look at the Belknap County operation. The problem is one of leadership and management.
We elected two new commissioners and one was appointed due to a resignation. Before the election it seemed clear that changes were needed in the management, starting at the top with the county administrator. Our state representatives in the County Convention knew this, but they are powerless to do anything. This responsibility rests with the three commissioners.
Mr. Burchell and Mr. DeVoy both promised in campaigns to make changes in management. Mr. Taylor was appointed by the convention because it was thought he was on board with this after all the verbose letters he wrote in this paper pointing out that our county was being mismanaged.
The only one staying true to his word is Mr. Burchell. Mr. DeVoy and Mr. Taylor have done a complete about face and are now doing everything they can to protect the county administrator. I wonder why? The previous commissioners tried to do this with an insane (employment) contract that is a total farce, and is not in the best interest of the taxpayers of Belknap County.
Our county administrator has been in her position for about seven years and her tenure has been one bad decision after another. She in unqualified to be in this post and never has been qualified from day one. She was awarded this position merely by virtue of political connections and not by any objective measure of credentials. She is incompetent and tried to run the operation like her own little kingdom, doing things like hiring her pals to fat government jobs over other more qualified in-house personnel.
This has all been documented and our commissioners know this. It seems that cronyism is still alive and well in our county. The latest inclusion into the "good old boys and gals club" is attorney Paul Fitzgerald. He was asked to take care of the little bit of nasty business by overseeing the writing of the county administrator's contract and for that has been named counsel for the commissioners. Inclusion in this small clique at the cost of us taxpayers. Mr. Burchell was against this but again railroaded by the other two.
Now we read in the paper that the nurses at the nursing home are mostly part-timers and it is a revolving door where nobody stays. This was not the way it was a couple of years ago. The nursing home had a great staff of nurses who knew the patients they cared for and all their nuances. Then when the commissioners started fighting with the convention a couple of years ago our county administrator and the management staff decided to create an atmosphere in which failure was assured. The set a trap and when it sprung used this as an excuse to decimate the nursing staff and forced the resignation of two highly qualified full-time nurses. These two women had 60 years experience in geriatric nursing combined. The reason they did this is to use these two people as pawns in a game of politics.
At that time I called the management utterly despicable and I see no reason to change my opinion.
Our county administrator and the management staff at our nursing home do not care one bit for the residents of the home or for the hard-working staff. The only thing they care about is maintaining their own positions. They will lie and throw anyone under the bus who gets in the way. Selfish and self-centered they are and I fear that it is just a matter of time before a bad mistake is made, a resident is harmed, then watch the bottom-feeding lawyers move in for the kill, which of course we all will pay for.
We need a clean sweep. We are having problems in management. Discharge them all and find people who are qualified, experienced, with character, and who know how to create a team environment. Right now the working environment in the nursing home has been described as "a nightmare inside of a pressure cooker". One nurse said as she left that she had never worked in a more vicious place in her life.
I urge you all. If you value your tax dollars and don't want to see more wasted on stinking lawyers, to contact Mr. DeVoy, and Mr. Taylor and tell them to put this foolishness away. Our nursing home residents and we the taxpayers deserve better.
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