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Regarding the timeline for the police response to the Bob and Rhonda Cash incident - Good job to all of the officers! This is a very sad incident and what I know about it, I have only read in the paper. Apparently, police response is not like it is on TV! Knowing almost all of the officers who entered the home, I am happy that all procedures were followed to assure their safety, while trying to help Rhonda and Bob. Unfortunately, this will not end well for anyone.
I always appreciate Scott Ford's opinion. He is far more informed than I am about economics and the impact associated with decisions like the ones made in Omaha last week. And you're right Scott - the handwriting was on the wall a couple of years ago!
As a former Human Resources Director, I tend to look less at the economics of TIC/Kiewit departure and more at the human side of the transition.
What about those dozens and dozens of folks who (for what-ever reasons) can't leave Steamboat for the front range? What do they do with their mortgages, children's student loans, all that it takes to stay in our wonderful town and enjoy the quality of life (not necessarily the quantity), that exists here? What does a tenured construction professional do next? Master electrician? Purchasing professional?
I've been through this same type of transition as the HR leader at MetLife in Atlanta; then after I took care of the staff, they "transitioned me" me as well; and it was devastating! I never was able to return to my chosen career!
I'm thinking of a couple of 30+ year employee's as I type this and I don't have an articulate thought that I could offer them at this point. The "loss of a career" is near the top of the list of the 5 most traumatic events in an adults life.
The City will survive the departure. We'll have sponsors for bike races, kickball tournaments, cattle drives and Olympic Send Offs.
I'm waiting for an educated essay on what the "human cost" is to SBS and the individual family. Let's not forget one of the reasons Steamboat Springs is what it is - the PEOPLE - who make up this community! I feel for everyone of you that is affected by this event and I'm so sorry for you!
Robert Dipphold obviously has professional Human Resources experience in
his background. His articulate and well thought out essay on the termination (how ever you wish to define it), of Mr. Roberts, is excellent and accurate in so far as the ethics of how any HR professional should be guided when dealing with any employee relations issue.
As a former HR professional, I would only add the simplest of HR daily management guidelines, which is that the termination of an employee, should never come as a surprise to that employee!
In my opinion, based on what I have only read, not unlike what Mr. Dipphold has stated, Mr. Roberts was blind-sided last August and after the following several weeks of meetings with Council and performing his daily functions, he must have felt he was in a "no win" situation - particularly with those Council members who began this "process" in August.
Thank you Carrie and Bart for being farsighted and understanding the complexities of dealing honestly and fairly with staff. It seems that some of your peers, might want to perform a little introspection as to whom they are serving and why the sit where they do?
It's always just a couple of people who ruin"it" (what-ever 'it" may be at the given moment) and it is too bad about the adult soccer league being pushed from the Middle School.It's probably more important for the kids though, to have a clean and functional facility for them at school, don't you think Ben?
Isn't it ironic that what - 4 or 5 years ago we could have approved an admittedly expensive, multi-use facility that probably would have been perfect for adult, indoor soccer, but that initative was crushed by the voters.
I finally put in a mouth guard after I took a slap shot in the face several years ago. Billy Schwartz left his home on a Sunday afternoon, repaired my broken teeth and then fit me with the same custom mouth guard he is making for the kids now. Hindsight being what it is, I'd say it was the best investment I ever made in my hockey life!
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