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Arriving late to the dance, I just received the December issue of Village Life (presently, I live in England), and was surprised to read about the termination of General Manager John Skeel.
Previously, I expressed in writing my grievance with both Mr. Skeel and the CSD board (search my name in Village Life: Mick Malaney.) I’ve kept no secrets concerning a meeting with Mr. Skeel, board members of El Dorado Hills Little League and a CSD board member at my home. For two hours we expressed to Skeel our fears ranging from dilapidated fields to the very real possibility of injury due to the lack of safety nets. (We stressed that at a minimum Skeel consider receiving bids from vendors for safety nets at two of the league’s larger diamonds: New York Creek and Jeff Mitchell Field.)
Throughout the meeting Skeel was disengaged. I questioned him regarding his knowledge of baseball. “Did he understand the urgency of installing relatively inexpensive safety nets above the back stops at the aforementioned ball parks?” He assured us that he understood, however, he neither asked questions, nor offered feedback. In fact, at the end of the meeting a Little League board member asked Skeel a poignant question: “Do you have any intentions of considering our requests?” He assured us that he did and we parted ways.
The moment the door slammed we agreed the meeting was a waste of time. Prophetically, we joked that it was going to be a rough ride for the CSD board. A week or so passed, and it was then that I began hearing peculiar stories about Skeel and EDH Little League, of which I’ll gladly assist in an investigation confirming rumor or truth.
Nevertheless my experience with Skeel was less than impressive. He was disingenuous, uncommunicative and in the end, ineffective. From my vantage, the boards assertion regarding Skeel’s “lack of participation in community activities” is correct. Budget aside, what else is there for a general manager of a relatively small community to concern himself if it’s not participating in the community?
In the light of a civil suit, I applaud the board’s decision to terminate his contract. Furthermore, assuming the GM position is still available, I intend on interviewing for the position upon my return in February. I will gladly work for the CSD for one year for $1 while contributing the general management salary toward the construction of public restrooms at Community Park. Now there’s an idea we can all get behind. (Pun intended.)
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