Grand Jury report calls Templeton board dysfunctional
June 19, 2013
At least one of Templeton’s elected officials is rude to the public and as a group they have failed to comply with laws set in place to provide transparency and to allow for public participation, according to a San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury report released last week.
“The 2012 Board of Director of the Templeton Community Services District has behaved as a dysfunctional group to the detriment of the community,” the report says.
Specifically, the Grand Jury found that the board did not provide sufficient time for public comment, canceled too many regular meetings it replaced with special meetings, did not properly disclose actions taken in closed session and did not hold their general manager accountable.
Amid the Grand Jury investigation, former general manager Jeff Hodge resigned in January. The districts new manager, Jeff Briltz, took over today.
The Grand Jury also found “that one board member had contributed to the general unrest within TCSD.”
“There was ample testimony that the board member in question has been rude to the public, has verbally attacked the staff, including the general manager, and has alienated other board members,” the report says.
Board President Judith Dietch said she was not at liberty to disclose the name of the board member who is accused of being rude to the citizenship.
“I do not want to dwell on what one board member did,” Dietch said. “My goal as board president is to bring the board together to attend to district business and not to play political games.”
The interim manager Dave Andres said district officials have already addressed many of the issues raised by the Grand Jury including implementing new policies and sponsoring a Brown Act workshop.