Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board member Keith Grueneberg has filed a response to the recall effort against him with the Nevada County Elections Office.
The following is the statement in its entirety:
“This is a frivolous personal attack on me, using fabricated allegations that could cost the district nearly $50,000 in election related costs charged by the County. Decisions are made by a majority of the Board; no director can act alone. Step raises were budgeted and approved by a majority of the Board. Director Rhodes, Personnel Committee Chairman, is the lead negotiator for the District. The union contract is currently under negotiations. I am not involved in negotiations. I find it ironic the recall proponent violated District policy on 6/17/09 and former fire chief violated it on 2/23/09, the same policy she references. I have not violated any laws or policies. I have always been open with information concerning District operations. As a former fire department executive, I have asked pointed questions regarding personnel and financial issues, causing District administration to become nervous and defensive. This year alone, I have opposed what I considered gifts of public funds totaling $83,065. The recall attempt is blatantly malicious harassment designed to silence my efforts to identify and remedy damage caused to the District by the misconduct of disgruntled ex-employees. Over 90 percent of the District firefighters support my position on the Board.”
“The recall attempt is blatantly malicious harassment designed to silence my efforts to identify and remedy damage caused to the District by the misconduct of disgruntled ex-employees.”
Keith Grueneberg, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District board member, on a recall effort seeking his removal