Hostile takeover

Dear Editor:

Until the vengeance, bullying, and cronyism is out of local politics, economic development will not be possible. Vengeance refers to a harmful action against a person or group in response to a grievance.

Is it coincidence that the funding for the CDC was stopped when Muriel Eason and Udgar Parsons were appointed to the board, and/or Muriel’s husband Mike Hayward was running against a current commissioner?

Based on recent comments published in The SUN, attributed to said commissioner: “The CDC board is part of the problem. That’s why we are trying to work it out now. I don’t want to mention any names, we just want to work it out.” “I like some of the folks on there.” The last quote referring to Jason Cox, one can infer he doesn’t like the other two or at least one.

“If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. Mobbing is bullying of an individual by a group in any context, such as family, friends, peers, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, or online. Mobbing is typically found in work environments that have poorly organized production and/or working methods and incapable or inattentive management and that mobbing victims are usually exceptional individuals who demonstrated intelligence, competence, creativity, integrity, accomplishment and dedication.”

There were three individuals that pushed for a hostile takeover of the CDC, the others on the team appointed by Region 9 are either oblivious or complacent with the action. I know the targeted victim very well and she is exceptional, intelligent, competent, creative, integrity, accomplished and extremely dedicated. She worked very hard and for free. Why, because she had the education, talent/skill-set/expertise, and wanted to give back/contribute to the community.

The past leaders of the CDC spent over $100,000 for a director, plus more in administrative expenses and accomplished far less than the succeeding board did without funding. Imagine how much this board could have done if the local government could set aside their egos/differences/anger and let the CDC do what it was chartered to do.

In our local government we approve/fund ideas not based on sound business cases, but on who champions them. According to Wikipedia “the economic and social costs of cronyism are paid by society. Those costs are in the form of reduced business opportunity for the majority of the population, reduced competition in the market place, inflated consumer goods prices, decreased economic performance, inefficient business investment cycles, reduced motivation in affected organizations, and the diminution of economically productive activity.”

I could perpetuate this negative culture by becoming commissioner along with another person of like mind, then having my own vengeance by un-funding things based on individual associations. However, that’s not me and it only fuels this culture.

I have spent most of my life defending people against bullies and now is time to step up and defend.

This culture/behavior needs to end.

“Remember … Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.” Ziad K. Abdelnour.

Mike Hayward

This story was posted on August 21, 2014.