The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors announced Friday afternoon it has suspended the termination of General Manager John Skeel.
The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, less than six months after hiring him, and moving his family from Colorado.
The case against Skeel seemed to unravel in the last week and a half, after a raucous Aug. 23 board meeting where Skeel and his attorneys answered the formal charges against him and questioned the legitimacy of a 90-day performance evaluation in Skeel’s personnel file.
The press release issued Friday indicates that the board voted unanimously in closed session that morning to reinstate Skeel and defer the decision to terminate “contingent upon implementing a detailed remediation plan to allow the general manager to correct performance deficiencies and overcome the basis to terminate his contract and return to duty.”
Board President Guy Gertsch confirmed the vote late Friday. An ad hoc subcommittee consisting of Gertsch and Director Tony Rogozinski will tentatively meet with Skeel on Tuesday to hammer out a remediation plan, with the goal of getting Skeel back on the job shortly thereafter.
Gertsch released the following statement prepared by CSD legal counsel Bob Thurbon: “The board found that Mr. Skeel has several serious performance issues and has engaged in certain conduct that is inconsistent with the standards of conduct required of all district employees, especially our top manager. These issues must be corrected if Mr. Skeel is to continue as our general manager.
“But the board also concluded that it must do a better job of ensuring that Mr. Skeel fully understands his performance and conduct deficiencies and has a full opportunity to correct these deficiencies in order to overcome the basis for contract termination.
“The remediation program will address these issues and provide Mr. Skeel with a final opportunity to satisfactorily address these issues and avoid contract termination.”
Skeel has not returned phone calls. No other information on the decision was available on Friday.