On March 13th, the CSC of Leon County Executive Committee had a long, sometimes heated debate on whether to add three additional staff positions. Two of the positions would be for a Programing Quality Assurance Specialist and one for a Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator.
Board Member Paul Mitchell labeled the need for more staff as “outrageous.” He noted that he tried to get into the mindset of someone who would try to bring this forward. Mitchell explained to Executive Director Cecka Green that he didn’t understand what she and her team where doing or what was happening on their side. He noted it would be easier for him to make a decision on additional resources if he knew what was happening. He went on to say that the board is currently funding zero programs and asked, “What are we doing with the resources we currently have?”
Executive Director Green explained the workload of her team and went on to say, “Forgive me if I seem a little stoic, because it’s almost as if there’s no appreciation for the groundwork that has to be done.” She claimed the current staff model with her team of four wouldn’t be sustainable and continued, “We’re busting our butts. There’s no other way to say it, trying to get the council what it needs.” Mitchell remarked, “There are ten volunteers who sit on this council and bust our asses too.” He continued, “And guess what, there’s no room for being stoic we just have to do our work and roll up our sleeves.”
Board Members Zandra Glenn and Terrence Watts leaned in favor of the two additional positions for Programing Quality Assurance Specialist but not for a Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator.
The Executive Committee did not reach a consensus and decided to bring the issue to the full board at the next regular CSC meeting on March 23rd.