Basic Roles and Responsibilities
By Samuel Bergeron
January 06, 2007
The first thing one should know when running for public office:
City Council, Borough Assembly, School Board, or KIC Tribal Council
is that these are policy making entities, not managerial positions.
Policy makers make policy and managers manage; the two functions
Whenever policy makers interfere with the day-to-day managerial
duties, the process suffers greatly. Managers of large organizations
are usually highly educated, experienced, well-spoken leaders.
They know the organization in their control better than most
or any policy maker could ever know or understand it. Yet so
many "leaders" involve themselves in functions outside
of the policy realm. This, in my view, is a violation of the
trust relationship between the policy makers, management and
the membership as a whole. It cripples an organization and that
s what has happened at KIC.
The current KIC tribal council has chosen to eliminate the managers
and take over the day-to day operations themselves. The last
General Manager, who they courted for 18 months, lasted about
5 weeks. That made about 8 people who have sat in that chair
for KIC in the last two years! The long-term Deputy General Manager
chose to find other employment after the relentless onslaught
of attacks from the current Council proved to be too much. After
the Council fired the last General Manager the current council
directed the new interim Manger to put the Health Director on
administrative leave; outrageous. No amount of pleading from
the membership or the Health Board and some of the doctors at
KIC swayed this council to reverse themselves from this terrible
decision that has added to the lack of managers at KIC that were
fired or run off.
In the month of November the council met no less that 17 times
and gave themselves a raise in pay; presumably to compensate
themselves for their new managerial duties. Between his duties
as a school bus driver, the current KIC president, Norman Arriola,
chooses to camp out in the KIC offices on a daily basis, one
could only assume, since no new policies are being brought forth,
that he is interjecting himself and his wisdom into the operations
at KIC; not in any new policy direction. That's why we need new
leadership at KIC.
We need leaders that understand their role in government. Stability
is key as well as a religious adherence to the policy makers
make policy and mangers manage rule. The current group doesn't
have a clue. Except for the honorable Marly Edenso, who has served
the tribe with distinction and for the sake of KIC, do not re-elect
the incumbents. They have been a complete disaster.
Thanks for listening.
Received January 05, 2007 - Published January 06, 2006
About: "Samuel Bergeron
is a local business man and a life long Alaskan. Sam is a General
Construction contractor (Bergeron Construction Company LLC) and
majority owner in True North Development Company LLC and is busy
raising a family and enjoying life in Ketchikan."
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