MACRD, McHaney attorneys meet, but no board action
Following the second executive session in less than three weeks, the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors again took no action regarding the status of the district's executive director, Joe McHaney, who has been on paid administrative leave since April 12.
"There is nothing to report at this time," said Jeremy Green, attorney for the district.
With four of the district's five board members present, the board held an executive session "to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection."
After the meeting, which lasted about an hour, Green met with McHaney's attorneys, Katy Tank and Dave Allen. McHaney was not present.
MAC Board of Directors Chairman Jinnell Lewis convened a meeting of the board at 12:32 p.m., and told the small group gathered for the meeting, "There's not going to be a meeting on our second session that was posted on the door today."
The second executive session would have been "to consider the dismissal, disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member, or individual agent who does not request an open hearing."
When McHaney was placed on administrative leave, the district did not disclose the reason for the action. But, on the same day, the Kids Club also placed him on administrative leave. McHaney was also the director of the Kids Club, under a memorandum of understanding with the MAC.
McHaney started work as the MAC's director four years ago, on April 17, 2014, after nearly two years as the director of the Kids Club. The two organizations worked out a memorandum of understanding that gave McHaney the dual role of overseeing both the MAC and Kids Club.
For the current fiscal year, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, McHaney's salary was about $66,000 for the MAC, plus a portion of the Kids Club administrative fees, which totaled $27,250.
Under the upcoming budget, which begins July 1, the salary would be a combined total of $88,000 for the two positions, according to Lewis.
MAC recreation director Gregg Markwardt and Kids Club operations manager Caren Pilkington, both commented that their respective operations are running smoothly. Markwardt, aquatics director Tim Nelson and Pilkington all attended the open meeting.
During the short regular meeting, the board passed a resolution allowing for the "establishment of a budget officer and budget committee," an action Green said should have been taken earlier. "Your attorney's office did not know this was an issue until last week."