The McKinleyville Community Services District Board of Directors held a closed session meeting this evening, after which Board President John Corbett made an announcement.
Being that the sound system at Azalea Hall sucks, it was unclear what he actually said. So I asked him to repeat his announcement during the break. Here’s what he said into my recorder:
“There were allegations that the general manager was personally involved in embezzling the coke, well, the soft drink funds, and personally involved in collusion with the (suspected employee). The board found those were not valid and, therefore, we’re referring personnel to the general manager.”
That means that Manager Tom Marking will handle any personnel issues related to the alleged embezzlement. If, for instance, the suspected employee needs to be reprimanded or fired, Marking has the authority to do so and doesn’t need the board’s permission. In short: The manager can act as the manager when dealing with an employee regarding this situation.
The strange thing about the board’s announcement is that I’ve never heard any of those allegations made about Marking. Former Business Manager Jim Harding said he was forced to retire from the district after Marking thwarted his efforts to have the suspected embezzlement properly investigated and he (Harding) was accused of threatening an “unnamed” employee. However, Harding made it clear in an interview that Marking was not a suspect in the embezzlement and Harding never accused Marking of collusion.
Perhaps someone else made those allegations?
Anyway, the big topic this evening was the new sewer discharge standards. That may sound boring, but when your sewer bill doubles or triples, perhaps you’ll find it more interesting. That assumes, of course, that the doom and gloom presented this evening are accurate.
Video report to come…