There is sure to be a stink when you work with people and poop.
Boise City officials have made a personnel change at the Lander Street sewage treatment facility which on the face of it looks like a demotion for the former plant manager.
For more than two years the GUARDIAN–and other media outlets–have received complaints from insiders and obvious former employes claiming the former manager of the Lander Facility and the current manager of the West Boise treatment plant were conducting private business on city time.
At issue is a private sewage treatment consulting outfit known as Operations Management Consulting Services (OMCS) owned and operated by two city public works staffers. They do work for Avimor and Hidden Springs private developments among others.
The Daily Paper ran a story about their activities which prompted a response from the Public Works spokesman, Vince Trimboli.
Trimboli declared to the Idaho Statesman on behalf of the City, “We felt there was no conflict of interest. They have continually been reviewed. They are not going against city policy. It was discussed with legal and human resources.”
Trimboli was contacted Thursday and said he stands by his remarks as they pertain to events at the time he made the statement.
Looks like someone saw reason for changes…few people voluntarily take a $3,000 cut in pay a few months before retirement.
The City Council had previously told the men only to change their commercial web site to eliminate references to their city affiliation, but did nothing further, apparently believing their department head had washed the matter down the drain. Then documents from other government agencies were presented to a City Councilor who demanded an investigation.
Even though the conflict issue has been publicly debated, city personnel folks would offer only sparse details in response to a GUARDIAN inquiry calling it a “personnel matter.” Here is the poop:
–New plant manager is Glen Schwenke at an annual salary of $59,400.
–Former Manager Christopher Linder takes a $3,000 pay cut from $61,152 and is now a shift supervisor (special projects coordinator) at a salary of $58,164. The position was previously unfilled. He is eligible for retirement soon.
Word from the banks of the Boise River is most employees are happy to see the changes, finally.
Here is the original
GUARDIAN POST February 2006.
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