Newberry CSD Pres. Jack Unger
And Fired General Manager
Profess Their Love
Posted: June 2, 2023
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel
After being fired and shaming herself,
ex-GM continues to show poor image.
Jack Unger's initial statement that it is "Time to make
a fresh start," is exciting! Is he referring to his own retirement
from the board? If so, perhaps Newberry Springs can get on the
In Jodi Howard's above post, Howard throws a
punch at Jack Unger stating, "Jack Unger maybe worry about getting your
Jodi's boyfriend Casey Jones has been reported to have
illegally used the Newberry CSD's computer to file an online complaint to
the county's Code Enforcement about Director Paula Deels' alleged property
violations. This reporting has been said to have taken place in the
presence of another director who witnessed it.
So, it has been assumed that Mr. Jones might have also been
the recent snitch that reported a code violation to the county's
Code Enforcement against the property of another director, Jack Unger.
Between Director Robert Springer, President Jack Unger,
and former General Manager Jodi Howard, we now have a fire department that
has equipment that is literally failing. Aging emergency response
equipment that is no longer dependable. Thankfully, we have mutual
aid agreements with our neighboring fire departments.
Despite the financial bungling by the poorly functioning
CSD management, the CSD's Fire Chief, Daphne Lanier, has been doing an
outstanding and marvelous job to keep the fire department afloat.
To protect the fire department's interests, she has temporarily stepped
in to manage the bare necessities of the CSD's office.
The CSD's lawsuit settlement against the County should
have easily been for an amount that would have allowed the fire department
to become the most modernized and the best equipped in the county, but the
CSD's ignorance and incompetence ruled poorly as usual.
That colossal bungling in 2020, was under the CSD watch
of directors Robert Springer, Jack Unger, Paula Deel, Victoria Paulsen, and
Larry Clark. General Manager was Jodi Howard.
And then there is Casey Jones,
fiancé of Jodi Howard...
Mr. Jones has a low-level job with the Sheriff's
Department and frankly, in my humble opinion, his recent actions
have been an embarrassment. I believe that he thinks that he
knows the law but it only appears to be enough to get Howard
into a quagmire.
The General Manager's job is to carry out the policies
and the directions of the board. If the board of directors
is not satisfied with a General Manager's performance, the board
can fire the GM without any prior notice or cause. I am just
surprised that the board waited as long as it did.
To be clear, as a CSD General Manager, a person is
employed solely at the Will of the board of directors. It is
not a civil service job with a union or any other protection.
People take these jobs knowing that at any time, they may be asked to
Casey Jones and Jodi Howard are now upset that the
board is not condoning Jodi Howard's secret and illegal employment
with the Daggett CSD as its GM. Such employment is a flagrant
conflict of interest violation as I have previously reported.
Casey Jones has written a timeline litany (above)
that even if accurate, so what? It is moot! Jones and
Howard have no legal grounds (IMHO) to be whining. It is past
time that they stop being argumentative and grumpy and move on with
As I have blogged in the past, there is a long trail
of Howard's indiscretions, actions, and inactions that have finally
led to her dismissal.
Other part-time staff members have indeed left their
jobs in sympathy with Howard (including her mother). If they
condone the dysfunctional office under Howard, then it is best for
the CSD that they are gone. We need better CSD management.
It is interesting to note in Mr. Jones' above-posted
statements, that he states revelations of highly secret and privileged internal
facts of the Newberry CSD directors' closed sessions. How and
where did he acquire such information that is illegal for a third-party,
such as Jones, to have?