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Skeel rebuts charges on Tuesday night

By August 19, 2011

Meeting to be open to public. Location moved to gym.

El Dorado Hills CSD General Manager John Skeel faces off with his board on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting location has been moved to the CSD gymnasium to accommodate an anticipated large turnout.

The board placed Skeel on paid leave June 20, the first step in a dismissal process that the public will get a rare glimpse of on Tuesday night. Skeel has stated emphatically that he got little feedback and no direction from the board.

See the Aug. 1 story titled “Skeel, EDHCSD board break media silence” on the Village Life website for more details.

The board delivered a formal “statement of charges” to Skeel on Aug. 5, alleging that he violated the terms of his contract. board President Guy Gertsch confirmed that the charges will be read in public Tuesday night.

Skeel and his attorney Ellen Arabian-Lee will get the opportunity to respond to each charge. The meeting was scheduled as a “closed session,” but Skeel waived his right to privacy and requested that it be made public.

The board is planning to meet in closed session before and after the public meeting on Tuesday night, according to Gertsch, who added, “We’re not going to rush this, there are certain steps and we aren’t skipping any of them.”

Public comment will also be taken Tuesday night.

The board could vote to remove or reinstate Skeel on Tuesday, but the matter is likely to get continued at least one more meeting.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 3 comments

  • Stonegate residentAugust 19, 2011 - 7:32 pm

    Good! the public deserves to hear truth, and the board can't hide behind their closed doors.

  • can't wait for TuesdayAugust 20, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Here's the basics: The HR Director should be relieved of her job. She hires on a disparate basis (the board is putting itself at serious risk here). Her record speaks for itself. She has a preference toward her religion. Additionally, she is not well liked for her terse attitude and course nature toward employees. The Board oversteps its bounds by "micro managing" the operation, clearly not their prerogative. Mr. Skeel's professionalism is what attracted the board. Now they are protecting the HR manager for some unknown reason. They are clearly, intentionally misstating the nature of this discord. I for one don't want to pay Mr. Skeel's income for the rest of his working life while he lives elsewhere, working for someone else. And I don't believe he wants that either. But if the Board pushes this the wrong way, I'll guarantee you it is exactly what will happen. This issue needs further scrutiny by this paper. We citizens of El Dorado Hills are again being held hostage by the capricious nature of this Board's cronyism and convoluted reasoning. I urge as many residents as possible attend this meeting on August 23rd at 6:30 @ CSD on Harvard Way...just follow the throng...hope you get a parking spot close to the building. This is better than "Who Shot JR". And I know someone who ISN'T going to be reelected next time out! Report inappropriate comments

  • Did you know?August 20, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Is anyone aware that the CSD is being sued by former employee, Deborah G. Kiley? Plaintiff, El Dorado Hills Community Services District: Tracy Lynn Lowry, as an employee and as an individual; Sandy Kukkola, as an employee and as an individual; Wayne Lowery, as an employee and as an individual. Verified Complaint For Damages and Jury Demand. 1.Violations of the labor code 1102.5); 2.Retaliation in violation of Public policy; 3.Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy; 4.Age Discrimination (FEHA); 5.Failure to Prevent Age Discrimination (FEHA); 6.Violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Gov't Code54950 et seq.) 7.Violation of Gov't Code 54954 (posting of agendas); 8.Violation of Gov't Code 54954.5 (description of closed session items); 9.Violation of Gov't Code 54956 (special meetings - notice); 10.Violation of Gov't Code 54957 (closed session regarding employees); 11.Violation of Gov't Code 54957 (public report of action taken in closed session); 12.Violation of Due Process Required by Equal Protection as Guaranteed by the U.S. and California Constitutions; 13.Negligence; 14.Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; and 15.Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress; The suit is public record and available in it's entirety form the El Dorado Superior Court. Happy Reading!



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