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Borough facilities director resigns

 

June 16, 2011



Departing Haines Borough facilities director Brad Maynard cited a "lack of teamwork and support" from the borough administration as his reason for leaving in a letter of resignation dated June 6.

"I believe that what is needed to function effectively and efficiently will not materialize under the current organization," Maynard wrote. "I thrive on productivity, professionalism and strong leadership. It is difficult to work under the umbrella of personal attacks and indecisive management."

Maynard has been the borough’s facilities director since 2009 and will exit his post at the end of the month.

Borough manager Mark Earnest on Tuesday afternoon declined to comment on the resignation letter, but he praised Maynard’s contributions to the borough at that night’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting.

"First, I’d like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of Brad to putting forward a very amazing capital project development program," Earnest said. "He has worked tirelessly, and I think he’s done a tremendous job in that regard."

He said the borough might designate an interim manager for ongoing capital projects during the transition.

Assemblyman Jerry Lapp requested the borough conduct an exit interview with Maynard. Lapp would attend the interview as the chair of the personnel and labor relations committee. Mayor Jan Hill said Wednesday the interview has not yet been scheduled.

Maynard this week said he enjoys his work and the Haines community, and said "90 percent of the borough employees work hard at what they do," but there is "a huge vacuum in the borough administration."

He was one of 11 candidates to apply for an appointment to fill the assembly’s vacated seat. Assembly members on Monday voted to scrap the appointment process and instead have a special election that would run with the October municipal election.

Maynard attended Monday’s meeting but did not lobby for the seat when called upon and later said he could have a strong influence without serving on the assembly.

"My interests can just as easily be conveyed to the seated members of the assembly," he said Tuesday.

Maynard said he has "no idea" where he will land for future employment. He is working toward project manager certification and said he likely would stay in Haines, where he’s "never had a summer off," for at least another few months.

According to a job description posted at http://www.hainesborough.us, the borough’s next facilities director will oversee public works, water and wastewater utilities and handle project and contract management.

A bachelor’s degree in architecture, building engineering or construction management disciplines is preferred; along with five years project management experience working with architectural, engineering, environmental and construction contracts; and two years experience with budget and cost-control methods.

The first review of applications is scheduled to begin Friday, July 8.