The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors legal counsel Bob Thurbon issued a preliminary reaction to General Manager John Skeel’s “response to charges” delivered by Skeel and his legal team during a boisterous Aug. 23 board meeting.
The response reiterates the board’s concern over Skeel’s “trustworthiness, honesty and character,” and informs the public that Thurbon is researching Skeel’s responses to determine if any are “deliberately false.”
Board President Guy Gertsch assured Village Life that Thurbon speaks for the board, and that when district officials finish investigating Skeel’s statements and allegations a public meeting will be held to announce their decision about whether to proceed with the termination of Skeel’s contract or reinstate him.
In a related development, the CSD board released Skeel’s 90-day written performance evaluation from his personnel file. During the Aug. 23 meeting Skeel claimed that the evaluation in his file contained far more negative feedback than the one he said he reviewed during the closed sesion performance review.
The board’s preliminary response to Skeel, authored by Thurbon follows in its entirity:
“The board continues to be concerned about the trustworthiness and honesty of Mr. Skeel, his retaliatory actions against the human resources manager, his performance in several areas with a significant concern about open and honest communications with board members.
“The overarching issue really goes to the character, honesty and trustworthiness of Mr. Skeel as our top level manager. The board did not make a decision after last night’s meeting and specifically asked legal counsel to complete further interviews with staff and conduct a document review so that the board can fairly consider certain statements by Mr. Skeel. The board remains concerned that key facts asserted by Mr. Skeel on the principal issues that lead to the tentative conclusion to terminate his contract are deliberately false.
“This is disturbing to the board and before the board makes a final decision the board wants all information possible to determine if the statements and facts that Mr.Skeel asserted last night that the board suspects are deliberately false, are in fact true.
“The board will meet again … with information on specific and key points and determine whether to not Mr. Skeel’s explanations were truthful and the board should change its tentative decision, or whether or not the key factual assertions made by Mr. Skeel are in fact false. The additional information and/or findings will be release publically.”