Sat., March 19, 2011, 5:00 AM
B B.erger to C. O'Keefe
"If possible, I'd like to be able to obtain the documents/correspondence requested by this Thursday, but if that isn't sufficient time then a portion of the materials would make for a good start and/or this request can be whittled down to minimize the time required to compile the information I'm requesting...I know you have more important things on your plates!"
(Please do let me know if this presents a burden and we can discuss making it more manageable so it won't take up significant time...)"
Monday, March 21, 2011, 9:34 AM
C. O'keefe to B. Berger
"Commissioner Berger –
We have received your request and will process the information as soon as possible. We should be able to have this information to you by Thursday. I believe we do not have correspondence dating back before January of this year but Shawn and I will be thorough in our search.
If we can provide additional information please let me know.
P.S. C. O'Keefe is a senior County Official...who works directly for the NHC Manager. If he was not the correct contact for such a request from a County Commissioner, on March 21, 2011, he easily could have walked the 30 feet down the hall and delivered the request and his response to the NHC Manager (or emailed it, and then notified B. berger of his actions). And, on March 21, 2011, at 9:45 AM, the NHC Manager could have informed B. Berger, COunty Commissioner, that the information could not be put together, notified him of that in a timely manner, and then put staff to work on the reasonable request - so B. Berger could know when to receive such information, study such, ask additional questions, and fully educate himself on the issues (avoiding a controversy).
That's how professionals in the private sector would have handled a response from a "Board Member" (which B. Berger is in our form of County Government). However, as we have seen from the dozens of consultants we continually need to hire, this management staff at NHC does not have such skills and experience to act professionally.
B. Berger is a duly elected Commissioner, Member of the Board with the same authority as all other Commissioners (including the Chair), and he has a right to be involved in any and all activities, meetings, correspondence, negotiations, etc. involving NHC business...period. That's the law.
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