Posted: May 10, 2023
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
After a closed-session meeting with their attorney,
the Newberry CSD directors announced the termination of the
district's General Manager.
The announcement came at the closure of a Special
Meeting on the night of May 9, 2023. All of the directors were
present except for Director Robert Springer.
Due to the closed session and privacy concerns
involved in employment matters, the reason(s) for the
dismissal hasn't been stated. The timing, however, appears
to indicate an association, in part, with the General Manager's
dual employment as the General Manager
of the Daggett CSD.
While I have seen encouraging improvements in the
GM's performance over the years, in my opinion, she has never
professionally fulfilled the position. I have found her exceptionally
hostile in improving her handling of the board's agendas, Minutes,
and other recording documents.
She (and the board) have been obstinately close-minded
in returning to a practice of audio recording the board meetings
for accurate documentation.
I further found that whenever I have made suggestions for
the CSD office during board meetings, the General Manager has taken
it as a personal attack upon her. Rather than welcoming suggestions,
the attitude and demeanor have been defensive.
I don't see true improvement coming to Newberry
Springs until the old guard that has supported Clearway, the
depletion of our groundwater and quality, and the many lost
grant opportunities, are gone.