by not warning Jennifer Jones before removing her on 28 June 2011;
by holding a Council meeting on 10 July 2011
in which they excluded the public by actually locking the doors of their
by failing to post minutes of the emergency meeting on
as required by Arizona Law (yes, Arizona law,
like Texas law, requires
posting minutes on the web)
and by not including a required statement of the emergency requiring
and by failing to post withing the required three working days
minutes for the 10 July 2011 emergency meeting,
nor for seven of its work sessions, nor for its 14 June 2011 regular session.
This one wasn’t a violation, but may be at least as important:
The purpose of the OML is to require public bodies to meet publicly
and openly so that al persons so desiring may attend and listen to the
deliberations and proceedings.
The leaders of the SPCA of Niagara hired John A. Faso as executive
director in April 2010 after interviewing a series of “remarkable”
“We were really impressed with the quality, but John stood out,”
board President Bruno A. “Brandy” Scrufari III said at the time. “We
were confident he’s here to stay for quite some time.”
Those high hopes came crashing down Monday as the board voted to
fire its embattled executive director after a month of criticism and
a scathing report outlining a dysfunctional culture and unnecessary
and cruel euthanasia practices.
“This is a quick, decisive, positive reaction to go forward,” said
Paul J. Cambria Jr., the defense attorney advising the board.
“They’re well on their way to fixing it.”
It took less than one week for them to act after getting the report.
No, not here (although the description might fit):
SPCA of Erie County, New York reported on the animal shelter in
neighboring Niagara County, New York.
Also the parts about “horrific” animal cruelty and
“excruciatingly painful” euthanasia may sound familiar.
In part of her report, Carr writes, “It’s clear that the NCSPCA is
dysfunctional in many ways. Without standard operating procedures,
without careful record keeping and record retrieval, without trust
of one another, without a clear chain or command, with any
strategies to improve, this organization will continue to disappoint
and enrage the community,”
She continues, “there is an overwhelming culture of distrust at the
shelter. Some staff distrust the Executive Director, the Executive
Director distrusts many of the board members, many board members
distrust the Executive Director and some staff and volunteers
distrust some staff and staff distrusts some volunteers. Everyone
seems to distrust someone associated with the SPCA. They gossip,
pass on written complaints about each other to one another, try to
get each other fired, go behind backs of one another to people in
authority and make complaints. The evaluation team has witnessed
this rather childish behavior at all levels of the organization, by
board members, the Executive Director, staff members, and
While the search is on for a new director, now is the time for the city,
county and industrial authority board to come together to make some
decisions about the organization and what the community leadership needs
and wants it to be.