***Update 1:30 p.m.: Their lips say no, but the timing feels like there’s some piling on.***
**Update 9:45 a.m.: Here’s the latest put up by RRStar. I do NOT agree that WCFPD has a credibility problem (stated at the end of the article). Instead, I’d argue that any credibility problem is Randy Olson’s alone at this point and that WCFPD made all the right moves to set right a trust-busting situation that Olson created.**
To summarize: Former Winnebago Forest Preserve District president Randy Olson created and staffed a new public safety job even though the majority of the commission disapproved of his decisions.
Here is what the other commissioners did about it:
- Put the disagreements in writing, which allowed them to go public
- Disclosed a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act related to a private discussion of Olson’s plans, which is now being investigated
- Removed Olson as president
- Eliminated the job created by Olson
It took some time — and for Olson to actually make the hire — for the board to pick up the additional vote it needed to demote him. The fifth commissioner professed herself a good friend of his but busted him anyway. (Olson still serves, just not as president. It will be interesting to see what the voters say if he runs again.)
Well done, #wcfpd!