Former Ada County “Director of Administration,” Rich Wright, his filed a $1.5 million wrongful termination suit against the county after the newly elected commishes eliminated his position in favor of a “chief of staff,” during their first meeting.
Don’t look for the suit to go anywhere because the position amounted to a political appointment for the former TV newsy who had previously been doing the media work for the county. Conversely, the new chief of staff for the commishes, Larry Maneely who is also a former TV newsy, can’t plan on any job security beyond staying in the favor of at least two commishes.
All positions at Ada County are “at will,” which puts a lot of stress on staff on one hand, but makes it easier for elected officials to terminate employees. ALL departments are headed by an elected official in the county, including
PROSECUTOR, COMMISSIONERS, CORONER, ASSESSOR, TREASURER, CLERK, and SHERIFF. In cities the elected mayor and councilors hire those department heads usually called “directors”.
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