In a special closed session meeting March 24 the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors voted 3-2 against extending General Manager Fred Smith’s contract for another year and to release him from duties immediately.
Smith was notified of the board’s decision the next day, a little more than six weeks shy of his first year as general manager.
“It was a contract provision that we had to notify him by March 25 whether we would be extending his contract or not,” said Board President Scott McNeil.
On the first motion to extend Smith’s contract Directors McNeil, Alan Clarke and Greg Stanton voted no, while Directors Shiva Frentzen and Richard Green voted for an extension.
“All of the board directors individually reviewed Mr. Smith’s performance, using the same format and questions,” said Frentzen. “I found Mr. Smith to be above satisfactory.”
A second motion to remove Smith effective March 25 and place him on paid leave until his contract expires May 10 passed, with McNeil, Clarke and Stanton voting for the motion and Frentzen and Green voting against.
Frentzen said she was chairman of the Revenue Enhancing Advisory Group for the CSD for a year in 2009.”The objective of the group was to come up with ideas to make (the) CSD self-sufficient and self-sustaining. None of the recommendations we made to the board and staff were implemented until Mr. Smith was hired. He implemented all the recommendations and made many of his own. In my opinion, he has done a great job for our community.”
McNeil said the board had not yet decided whether to appoint an interim general manager or hire a new GM.
“There will be no gaps in service,” said McNeil. “The CSD needs a general manager and this is the highest priority of the board. We want to find the best possible replacement.”
The Cameron Park CSD hired Smith last May after being without a general manager for more than 18 months. Park Superintendent Paul Ryan and accounting clerk Livia Amadon had acted as co-general managers of the district after General Manager Tammy Mefford was placed on administrative leave at the end of 2008. Mefford sued for wrongful termination and alleged sexual harassment by two of the board directors at the time, Alan Clarke and Dave Johnson.