Evidently many of our local board members do not share our thoughts about what their jobs are and are not, so let’s talk about it.
The number one job of your board is to see to it that your entity provides the public with cost effective services according to your charter.
You do that through deciding policy and then managing your director/executive/administrator/manager . Lets call this person your director. Your director works for you. You do not work for your director. Your should see to it that your director executes the board’s policies morally, legally, and efficiently.
You are not there to be a rubber stamp for your director. Not all ideas are good ideas. You should question each and every action that comes before you as a board. Unfortunately we see many cases in El Paso where agency staff flat out lies to their board. Read your agendas. Ask questions. Reach out to people who know about the issue that are not involved with the agency.
Stop the favoritism. If you were once a board member do not later take a job with the agency. Do not hire your director and then let your director hire you.
Do not take money from your agency. If they need something and you can give them an advantageous deal, give it to them for free. If it looks bad you should avoid it.
If you must travel for your entity, pay for it yourself. If you cannot afford it, don’t go. Junkets look bad.
Don’t take a board position to advance your resume. Be active, work for us!
Stay tuned in the coming days as we write about some examples of poor behavior on the part of boards and their directors/staffs.
We deserve better