Well now. Was it housecleaning? Revenge? A bit of both?
On a Friday night (yes, shabbat no less) word comes from the CB9 Executive Committee that it has moved to remove the longest serving District Manager in NYC - Pearl Miles. While Pearl is known for her blunt and gruff style, she's admired by many in City Government for her effectiveness. And the complaints against her (see below) seem to be mostly about her style, rather than her ability to get stuff done. I've personally seen her be extraordinarily effective in bringing together agencies and provide services. Her work on budgets is particularly adept, since almost no one on the Board ever engages that aspect of their mandate. But...maybe that's because of her style? Hard to say. Each Board member will vote their experience I guess.
Who's behind the move? Like an Agatha Christie mystery, there is no shortage of suspects. Over the years Pearl has made many enemies, often in the name of truth-telling, but let's be honest - in politics, the truth is not always received with applause. Still, the Q would be lying himself if he said he enjoys the environment of rancor that permeates CB meetings and meetings of their committees. It takes a hearty constitution to hang in there, and I've done my best to do just that.
Let's be clear; this is the serve, and Pearl has a chance to return it. It's not necessarily an ace. Look for the issue to be on this month's agenda - not next week, but the week after on a Tuesday, October 27.
I don't know what it is about middle-age, but I'm embroiled in "board" issues throughout my personal and professional life - PTA's, non-profit boards, and now this. Actually, this one I'm watching from a comfortable distance (as a Board member not on the exec), and while I can see why the current executive committee is making this move, it wold seem the timing is very much related to what I like to call Year I in the Calendar of AB. Alicia Boyd has made it her expressed mission to oust Pearl, and many of the complaints listed above are replicas of her very public complaints about Pearl. Not fair say I. Removing Pearl for her personality and professionalism is one thing; knocking her out for her behavior over the last year is another altogether. She's done an admirable job of keeping the office open while being bombarded with lawsuits, abuse and verbal attacks, even physical on a couple of occasions. It's my hope that the Board will look at her career in its entirety rather than just the past 14 months or so.
One last note of analysis. The above documents were very carefully crafted. One must assume that counsel was involved, if not NYC Corporate Counsel then certainly someone familiar with the tools available to depose a District Manager.
To be continued...
The Q at Parkside
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