July 18, 2013
Director Calvin Owens Resigns
From The Newberry CSD
Rumor has it that the love
isn't there anymore!
Following a damning report from the county Grand Jury on the Newberry
Community Service District (CSD), the battered CSD is being forced to clean-up its dirty
laundry. The latest casualty of that soiled laundry appears to be CSD director Calvin
Rumor has it that internal and external pressure have been brought
to bear upon Owens over irregularities. He reportedly submitted his written
resignation to the CSD on Thursday, July 11, 2013. It is alleged to be effective immediately.
Rumor has it that Owen's resignation will be officially announced at the next
regular board meeting, July 23; but already a small grassroots campaign has been reportedly launched
by his supporters for him to reconsider. The support, in part, appears to be
coming from fire department supporters who have previously benefited from Owens'
personal conflict-of-interest votes on local fire department matters.
Should the impetus behind his sudden resignation be a deal from
an external source, it is highly unlikely that Owens could reconsider.
Owens this year has been at the center of a controversy of
a personal training expense as an authorized fire department expense. The CSD board ordered
Owens to return CSD reimbursement money that he had received.
Page 17 of the Grand Jury's report makes
a brief mention, "However, there was an instance when one cardholder made three separate
fuel purchases on the same day. Without documentation and further explanation, it is difficult
to determine if significant travel for district business occurred on the same day, requiring
multiple fueling, or if multiple cars, including personal cars, were fueled with the same
District purchase card."
Rumor has it that a member of the fire department, who was not
identified in the G.J. report, allegedly used a CSD vehicle for personal use and used a CSD
issued purchase card to make multiple fuel purchases in one day. Where would so much
fuel go? A personal vehicle? Personal gas containers?
At a Special Board Meeting held on July 9, 2013, the CSD board stripped
Owens of his CSD purchase card for fire department purchases. Two days later Owens also
submitted his resignation.
Owens' resignation has come halfway through his 4-year term.
Owens acquired his board seat by default as only he and one other candidate registered as
candidates for the two open director seats in the 2011 CSD board election.
Owens' tenure as a director has been mediocre, barely functioning in
the shadows as a hired water gun for the Seeley regime; and since Seeley's resignation last
December, Owens has principally served as a seat warmer.
It will be interesting to see if the board will replace Owens with
one of the four candidates running for the three CSD board seats in next month's election.
By doing such, the remaining three candidates would be automatically elected / seated.
The mailing of the preprinted election ballots could possibly be
cancelled saving the district some election costs in postage and Registrar of Voters' labor.
Resigning is probably best for Owens; but possibly not for the
community. As lame an asset as Owens has been to the board, there appears one even
worse in the pool of election candidates vying for a director's seat.
A couple of the election candidates do show some promise, but none appear
to offer what the community truly needs. That being a combination of common sense, the
interpersonal skills to bring the board members together as a cohesive functioning body,
and the vision to lead Newberry Springs out from being a pit in the desert.
A strong corporate board of directors is best made up of
directors that have strong expert backgrounds, such as one director in business accounting,
another in legal, human resources, government, management leadership, stock market, and so
forth. Each bringing to the board table a high expertise in a field that the board
can turn to, to build upon. The CSD boards have failed in not being comprised of experts,
but mostly unqualified wannabes with narcissistic egos.
During the past quarter century, the Newberry CSD boards have done little
to improve living conditions in Newberry Springs. Some residents point-out that the standard
of living has declined.
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