BY JUDITH MILLER | Incline Village
IVGID decided to postpone the selection process for its new general manager because of an Open Meeting Law complaint. Its board of trustees acted outside of a public meeting to eliminate some of the 11 candidates recommended by its consultant. Aaron Katz filed an Open Meeting Law complaint with the Nevada Attorney General’s office after he voiced his objections to the process and IVGID refused to take corrective action. The IVGID Board of Trustees has problems recognizing that board decisions must be made in public and include an opportunity for the public to comment. Even though board members individually reviewed applications of 11 candidates, their ratings were used collectively so the list could be narrowed to only six. Of those six, two have since withdrawn. Only after the Open Meeting Law complaint was filed, IVGID decided to include all nine remaining candidates in the search, an apparent effort to “cure” the problem. IVGID announced the names of two additional candidates who had previously been cut from the list. However, three more candidates of the original 11, whose names IVGID refuses to share, have also withdrawn. So once again, only six remain.
We may never learn who the trustees eliminated and why. It is difficult to understand why a city manager of a city with a population of 65,000 was cut (one of the two candidates which was “reinstated”). The issue is not whether we agree with board members’ decisions, but rather that the public never had an opportunity to participate in the process.