Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board Member Keith Grueneberg has submitted this response in regards to an Intent to Recall Petition filed with the Nevada County elections Office.
This is a frivolous personal attack on me, using fabricated allegations that could cost the district nearly $50,000 in election related costs charged by the County. Decisions are made by a majority of the Board; no director can act alone. Step raises were budgeted and approved by a majority of the Board. Director Rhodes, Personnel Committee Chairman, is the lead negotiator for the District. The union contract is currently under negotiation. I am not involved in negotiations. I find it ironic the recall proponent violated District policy on 6/17/09 and the former fire chief violated it on 2/23/09, the same policy she references. I have not violated any laws or policies. I have always been open with information concerning District operations. As a former fire department executive, I have asked pointed questions regarding personnel and financial issues, causing District administration to become nervous and defensive. This year alone, I have opposed what I considered gifts of public funds totaling $83,065. The recall attempt is blatantly malicious harassment designed to silence my efforts to identify and remedy damage caused to the District by the misconduct of disgruntled ex-employees. Over 90% of the District firefighters support my position on the Board.