Sutherland hard working |

Sutherland hard working

I worked for Robin Sutherland as a member of the Real Estate Services Team at the Office of Public School Construction where she was the team leader. Ms. Sutherland provided training and oversight to me and other members of the team regarding public acquisition, appraisal report instruction and review and performed desk audits of site acquisition costs. These were not the only functions that she performed. Without the work by our team under Ms. Sutherland’s lead, school site funding would not be allocated because it could not be presented for final approval. To reiterate Ms. Sutherland’s true quote in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 28, 2002, “I was responsible to the State Allocation Board in reviewing all of their real estate transactions and I dealt in the millions of dollars” is absolutely 100 percent correct, because she did. To reiterate Ms. Parks’ (executive officer) comments about Ms. Sutherland, she “did an excellent job” and “never actually handled money.”

Anyone who works in government knows that it is an extremely rare, almost non-existent situation where a government employee handles “money.” At the state, almost all payments and receipts are processed through the State Controllers Office. Ms. Sutherland is a sharp, friendly person to work with/for and I would work under her leadership again in a second. If opponents are going to accuse her of something, let it be that she works too hard, is a go-getter, thinks about everyone other than herself and actually enjoys constantly pursuing government efficiency. Comments to the contrary should be responsibly put in their proper place, at the bottom of your bird cage.

James Hartwig


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