Opinion: Scott McNeil says no to Oversight - OK with Job without goals or expectations
At the Cameron Park CSD meeting on Feb. 13, several items were discussed that proved to be very revealing about Scott McNeil’s either lack of seriousness or understanding when it comes to his fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayer of Cameron Park as a member of the Community Services District Board of Directors.
The first instance was when the CSD’s general manager was questioned about her hiring a new “commissioned sales and marketing person,” by Directors Shiva Frentzen and Vicky Niebauer. This person was hired to increase revenues generated by marketing our facilities to various business and professional groups. Both directors questioned the general manager about having to hear from members of the public that a new person had been hired to conduct CSD business. They questioned what was in the contract that the general manager had signed. The general manager stated that the “commissioned sales and marketing person” was to receive a small stipend of $300 per week and a percentage of what she sells.
Director Frentzen asked what goals and requirements were attached to this package. After a wordy and meaningless diatribe, the general manager admitted there are no dollar goals or any other discernible goals in place to ensure that the “commissioned sales and marketing person” is being successful. Director Frentzen stated that she has hired commission-only sales people and they had a much smaller stipend, and before they were allowed to go to work and they had quotas that included how much they would sell. Director Frentzen said I don’t mind if we pay this new person $1,200 per month as long as she is generating $3,600 in revenues.
At this point Scott McNeil, with his usual vapid grin, said, “Didn’t we approve the GM to hire a sales person?” At this point Director Neibauer pointed out that yes the board had authorized this but the general manager should have at least let the board know when she had hired someone and what the terms of the contract are.
Director Neibauer and Frentzen, with the public joining in, indicated that the “commissioned sales and marketing person” needs to have clearly defined goals and objectives. McNeil then stated that we should leave all of this up to the general manager. It seems McNeil is content to allow the general manager to spend our tax dollars as she sees fit without having to inform the Board of Directors as to what she is doing or how she is obligating Cameron Park. He just didn’t seem to think $1,200 per month and a percentage of sales is too much to pay a part-time 20-hour-a-week contract sales person without any goals for increasing revenues. Perhaps his relationship with the general manager allows him to be more informed than other board members.
The second incident was when Director Frentzen questioned the general manager’s reimbursements. After the GM played her usual idiotic game of “oh, is that what you wanted,” Director Frentzen was able to pin point that she wanted an accounting of the general manager’s credit card statements, vacation time and time off. This elicited a howl of protest from McNeil that this is micro-management.
Shockingly, McNeil asked Board President Sean Tucker if the board is going to vote on the general manager providing this information. McNeil was informed that this information is a matter of public record and there is no need for a vote on it. In fact, after this inane outburst on McNeil’s part, Director Frentzen asked if the general manager would like her to submit a public records request. Then McNeil suggested, “Why not review every employee’s credit card statements?” It was pointed out to Scott that this is really one of the jobs of the general manager, that staff works for her and that she works for the board and therefore she answers to the board, whereas staff answers to her.
I have never in my life held a job where I was given a company credit card and not required to submit to my managers my receipts and a full accounting of what I spent, where I spent it and what it was for. The fact that Scott McNeil can howl that this type of accountability is “micro-management” shows that he should not be entrusted with any position where he will be responsible for financial oversight and the allocation of our tax dollars.
This proves he is not fit to serve the taxpaying citizens of Cameron Park or El Dorado County. The Cameron Park CSD and El Dorado County government are facing challenging economic times. We need serious, studious capable representation, not someone who will shirk his fiduciary responsibilities because paying attention to what is going on is too hard to do.