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Well I imagine you want Ralph elected so you can keep your job. Funny- never heard of the county drug testing- at least not in the assessors office.That senior staff you refer to is worth 10 of you.You can say all you want to try and defend Mr. Baker- I just don´t believe taxpayers are that gullible.All I have left to say about Mr. Baker´s management style? The PETER PRINCIPLE is alive and well in the Spokane County Assessor´s office.Good luck to you ´saywhat´. It´s folks like you being paid by us taxpayers like me that explains why this country is in the sewer.
-The people in that office who are unhappy are not only the majority of the staff but the most knowlegeable and experienced- they dislike retaliation.-Vicki has plenty of experience to serve as assessor- there is alot of administrative experience in that office she can tap into and delegate authority to. Not to mention she is an honest, ethical, hardworking person. She has more than enough talent to get that job done. We´ll let the taxpayers decide.-The complaints that have been made do have merit- most of the staff, the taxpayers, and the State Auditor realize this.- The complaints certainly do not stem from people being adverse to change- come on that´s REALLY weak!!-I´ve lived long enough to know that you can have all the education in the world yet still be dumb as a post.-The complaints you refer to as being a waste of taxpayer dollars stem from honest, ethical people (who happen to be taxpayers) who realize they work for the taxpayers, not their own agenda or Mr. Baker´s.-The character shown by the women who quit/retired is admired by many- the fact they had the guts to stand up for what is right- even though they were all but fired for it- speaks volumns, and don´t you DARE say they weren´t!! If you work there you know better- even if you won´t ever admit the TRUTH.-Mr. Baker´s character is shown by his action.
in response to ´saywhat´1. newassernow DOES NOT = Vicki Horton!! Vicki has run an honest and ethical campaign- what she has to say has been presented to the puplic in an upfront fashion.2. get your facts straight- the Spokane County Auditor´s office investigated a separate complaint and claims no wrong doing- they investigated only one month of time cards- had nothing to do with the whistleblower- that is CURRENTLY being investigated by the STATE AUDITOR and is being hampered by guess who!?!?! Afraid of what the findings may turn up?3. That department would be MUCH more efficient with a leader who knew how to do the job and who would equalize the workforce- if you don´t work there don´t assume to know what´s really going on in that office. Poor moral, lack of respect, and poor people skills translates into an inefficient work force that DOES affect taxpayers in this county! 4. An MBA doesn´t insure a person will make an effective leader. Mr. Baker has proven that.
Mr. Baker´s claim that there was an internal investigation into the whistleblower complaint was just that- an INTERNAL investigation! The assessor´s office investigated itself- the appraisal manager was put in charge of the investigation. Kind of like ENRON investigating itself and finding nothing wrong, right?? What Mr. Baker has failed to mention is that there is currently an investigation being done by the STATE AUDITOR into that same complaint. It´s doubtful the outcome of this investigation will be released until after the election- gee, wonder if that´s because meetings have been cancelled? Or maybe because of a complaint? Wonder how long until Olympia gets involved??One other point- Mr. Baker claims he´s brought the office from one of the worst to one of the best. I´m guessing he´s referring to the ratio reports. Well tell me Mr. Baker- did those ratio reports find the 20 million in omitted properties or did one of your appraisers who is no longer working for the taxpayers find them??? Ratio reports are a numbers game- one that can easily be manipulated. NOTHING works better than a good appraiser doing a through job- not even Pictometry! Technology is a great thing but in these tough times the office needs good leadership and experienced staff not aerial photography.
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