TACOMA NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY
SERVICE DEPARTMENT UPDATE
- Human Services Assistant, $32 - $40K per year
budget reductions, cut backs, layoffs, reorganizing, downsizing, rightsizing,
the Human Rights Division Manager, Marya Gingrey, is hiring a new personal
assistant, or at least going through the motions. Looks like the new hire will
take on some of the job duties, i.e. EEOC and HUD grant management, which are
now the responsibility of the manager.Despite a 75% reduction in work product for the past 2 years, Gingrey
recently testified that a HUD review found numerous deficiencies in the City’s
process, and now she’s hiring to play catch up.The current temporary employee, Sonja Wells, is an administrative
assistant held over from the MLK event earlier this year.Seems the new job description was written in
a way suited to Wells’ background, and she gets extra points because she is
Gingrey’s office buddy.Is this
considered equal opportunity? A hand up or hand out? Wells’ temp position ends
the day before her interview for the new position.NCS insiders suggest other candidates not
waste the parking fee, and that Wells is a shoe in.This looks a lot like the magic performed for
the former Crime Free Housing Coordinator, Kelly Crouch.After her position was eliminated due to
budget cuts, former Director Bremer created a new position, and although Crouch
lacked the experience and qualifications, she also received a 5% raise. Seems
the NCS hiring process is contrary to the City’s non-discrimination policy for providing
equality and a level playing field.
Tacoma Commission on Disabilities (COD) End of Year Event,
Thursday December 5th
Thursday night’s event,
co-sponsored by Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) was a great success - from
the decorations and refreshments, to the wonderful presentation by COD Chair,
Garrett Nyland.A kind and caring
leader, Nyland is certain to continue providing great services to the citizens
of Tacoma…hopefully some of his demeanor will rub off on the HRC.Instead of reading the program, wish HRC
Chair Wallace would have spoken from the heart, as Nyland did.Good time was had by all.The NCS Department Director and Assistant
City Manager, Tansy Hayward arrived late and was obviously too busy or
distracted to acknowledge my presence or acknowledge that I offered to be a
reference in her recent application for City Manager of San Marcos, Texas…I
think she secretly admires my leadership and tenacity.
Asst. CM Hayward departing…here’s
an informal non-scientific survey
As was first reported in TheNew
Takhoman, Tansy Hayward is one of five finalists for the City Manager of
San Marcos, Texas - 550 employees, annual budget of $147.8
million.There are mixed emotions
from her staff, and an overall good riddance attitude, based on their
observations that she is somewhat invisible and has limited experience
supervising/managing people. She apparently lacks meeting management skills,
and often talks for fifty five minutes of a one hour meeting. Hayward is the
only Department Director without an office/work space in her own department.
She rates high with the slackers who are annoyed by supervision and would have
difficulty surviving in a genuine office environment. Other concerns are
that her replacement would be Human Services Division Manager, Diane Powers,
who is allegedly tight with Tacoma City Manager T. C. Broadnax, and also
regarded as having limited supervisory experience.
Tacoma Human Rights
Division – waste or indolence?
Marya Gingrey engaged an “associate” for a contract of $7,000 without
associate, a Seattle consultant, was then paid $2,800 for a 10 hour retreat for
Human Rights Commissioners; 8 Commissioners attended, but the retreat was only
Gingrey, there seems to be more time socializing, i.e. breakfast, lunch,
snacks, cookie breaks, talking about what your kids did last night, etc., than
there is actual work done.
the guise of being in an “exempt” status, employees come and go as they
and a staffer seem to attend lots of out of office “training”.Is it related to their core duties, or are
these workshops/seminars just a means to get out of work?Is this the reason they aren’t meeting
contract goals….or maybe what caused the numerous HUD deficiencies?
Gingrey claims as an accomplishment a new partnership with the State Human
Rights Commission, record clearly indicates City HRC has partnered with State
HRC as far back as 1988.
the “new” partnership is the State employee with an office on the 8th
floor.Publicdisclosure shows the Memorandum of
Understanding is all in favor of the State.City of Tacoma provides the space, computer and telephone at no cost,
and the agreement states State employee only has to meet Tacoma’s public for
“no more than 2 hours per week.”
accomplishment claimed by Gingrey, her “new concept” of contracting
investigators as a cost savings to City, is also false.There is nothing “new” about this.NCS data base shows at least 15 investigators
have contracted since 1990. Important to note is that, without justification,
Gingrey increased investigator payments by 35%.....how is that a cost savings?
that the division’s primary duties of employment and housing discrimination
investigations have now given way to the issues of poverty, restorative
justice, wage theft, and now human trafficking….wonder what the Council thinks
Maybe it’s time to take a long hard look at the
Human Rights Division of Tacoma’s NCS Department.Who knows, it might help Broadnax find
funding for his 15 police officers and 37 firefighters.