Friday, June 03, 2011

County Parks Director Resigns

As reported in the Sacramento Bee.

An excerpt.

“Sacramento County's regional parks director announced her resignation Tuesday in an email to employees that expressed displeasure with the county's recent handling of her agency, which has had its budget repeatedly cut.

“In the email, a copy of which was obtained by The Bee, Janet Baker said her resignation was made "with sadness and a sense of relief."

"As many of you know, it's become increasingly challenging to lead this organization," she wrote. "On many issues, I no longer agree with decisions being made that have been taken out of my control."

“The Regional Parks Department manages about two dozen parks, including the busy and popular American River Parkway. Baker has led the department for three years – a time of deep budget and staffing cuts.

“The department has been cut from 69 employees two years ago to a projected 43 in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

“The Board of Supervisors is set to finalize a new budget next week to address a $90 million deficit – the fourth straight year of deficits.

“It includes $800,000 in cuts to parks, including a loss of eight jobs. This includes eliminating two of the 11 current park rangers, and one of 14 maintenance workers – all at a time when park visitors are already concerned about maintenance and safety.

“Baker, 61, said her resignation would be effective July 1.”