Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Greenhill Board ignores Greenhill's own policy manual

No Kill starts with a Compassionate Director who provides transparency.   Following the rules matters.  The Board of Directors enforcing Greenhill's policies and procedures matters.  Why?  Because if one policy is overlooked how do we know others aren't as well?  It all comes down to trust; or as in this case, the lack thereof.

Greenhill's Executive Director, Cary Lieberman  hired his secret girlfriend Jaclyn Rudebeck (now the Ops manager) in violation of Greenhill's own personnel policies.  He set her salary, he managed her, etc., in blatant violation of Greenhill's own rules.   The board is charged with making sure that all their policies are adhered to to the letter, in addition to all State and Federal laws.   Proper oversight in this instance has not happened for some mysterious reason.

Here are just a few of those policies from their Employee Handbook that Greenhill's board has overlooked in this case: 

Greenhill Employee Handbook
Page 7 
E.  Romantic relationships between management and subordinates, including volunteers are prohibited.  Employees and volunteers are prohibited from romantic relationships with others in their department.
Page 22
F.  Off Hours Conduct
Illegal or immoral off duty conduct on the part of any employee that adversely affects GHS's legitimate business interests, public perception or the employee's ability to perform his or her job will not be tolerated.
Page 19
B.  Prohibited Conduct
Greenhill Humane Society does not tolerate the willful violation or circumvention of any federal, state, local or foreign law by an employee during the course of that person's employment; nor does the Organization tolerate the disregard or or circumvention of the Greenhill Humane Society policy or engagement in unscrupulous dealings.
So when the board themselves disregards and circumvents Greenhill's own policy, then what?

Page 20
d)  The following examples are the types of behavior which may result in discipline:
  • Abuse, neglect, disrespectful behavior towards, or failing to take action to safeguard the welfare of an animal
  • Violation of GHS's alcohol and drug policy.
  • Rudeness or uncooperative attitude in dealing with employees, volunteers and members of the public
So what makes us think we can trust Greenhill's Board to make sure that the rest of Greenhill's policies (especially those relating to animal care), State and Federal laws are being adhered to?  Their failure to act on the Lieberman/Rudebeck against Greenhill policy affair, coupled with their secrecy, has not inspired confidence that any rules, regulations or policies are being followed at all, especially those relating to the animals.  

In the past, Greenhill's board has acted appropriately by dismissing those breaking these rules.  Why is this instance different?

It is long past time for Greenhill's board to do their job and follow their own policies and procedure