Opinion: Cameron Park CSD GM Lacks Oversight
The Cameron Park Community Services District general manager Mary Cahill receives a salary of $100,000 per year plus benefits and is given over 30 days off per year with pay (which means she works about 10.5 months per year). As a result of the actions of the male members of the board of directors at the October CSD meeting she will collect this lavish compensation with no oversight or accountability.
During the meeting Director Vicky Neibauer asked if the general manager could include more detail in her monthly report. Director Neibauer asked for a general overview of the organizations with whom the general manager is meeting, what are her goals in meeting with each organization, and a statement on where the general manager is in regard to those goals. This prudent suggestion was met with a chorus of howls by the general manager and Director Scott McNeil. The general manager protested that she needs to be left alone to do her job. It was pointed out to general manager Cahill that no one was telling her how to do her job but that she was being asked to provide an overview of what she is accomplishing while doing her job. Of course this prompted Directors McNeil, Stanton and Tucker to protest that this simple request was somehow a form of micromanagement. When Directors Neibauer and Frentzen pointed out that it is common practice for executives who are responsible for directing the activities of employees to have this type of overview, the cries of micromanagement filled the air from the three directors and Cahill.
Several members of the public also pointed out that it is common practice for employers to require employees who work in the field to provide activity reports. At this point the general manager broke down claiming she is doing a good job, has brought the CSD thousands of dollars (without substantiation of either claim) and just wants to be thanked. Director Frentzen, much to her credit, pointed out to general manager Cahill that since general manager Cahill has taken over the reins of the CSD the rentals of the CSD facilities are down, the participation in CSD recreation programs are down, the attendance at the CSD’s major events are down as well as the CSD’s revenues. Director Frentzen stated that to her this is a red flag. (Ya think?)
All of the common sense expressed by Directors Frentzen, Neibauer and the public died due to the fact that the general manager’s three amigos decided that she should not be subjected to any oversight or be held accountable for her activities. Her three amigos must feel that expecting accountability for general manager Cahill is somehow being unkind to her.
So there you have it Cameron Park; Directors McNeil, Stanton and Tucker think it is perfectly OK for you to give general manager Cahill over $100,000 a year in compensation, work only 10.5 months per year and not expect or require any form of oversight or any kind of accountability from her for this lavish compensation. And taxpayers of Cameron Park, don’t even ask for any kind of proof of tangible success from general manager Cahill; if you do you will be accused of micromanagement and being unkind to her not unlike Director Frentzen and Neibauer. Is it any wonder Cameron Park is hemorrhaging red ink?