County Administrative Officer's fate up in the air
Jack Ingstad’s future as the county’s chief administrative officer is scheduled to be discussed behind closed doors on Tuesday, April 10.
The Board of Supervisors are expected to decide whether to accept the budget officer’s informal resignation offer, or keep Ingstad in the post he has held for nearly seven years.
In the wake of mounting criticism from county department officers, Ingstad said he was prepared to step down if he didn’t have the board’s support. “I’m going to make it easy for the board,” Ingstad said March 23, before leaving on vacation. “I’m offering to leave if that is what they would like me to do.” County employees, including several department heads, openly criticized Ingstad’s management style in the wake of Public Health Director Mimi Hall’s resignation last month. Hall, who has been praised by the supervisors for her efforts to revive the county’s alcohol and drug program, cited treatment by Ingstad for her decision to quit.
During the supervisors’ March 20 meeting, several department heads blasted the county, and Ingstad in particular, for what was perceived as a pay-cut ultimatum. They cited an email from Ingstad that stated in part “If a department head declines the amendment (for pay cuts), the board will need to give notice of termination to the employee.”Hall said the email was “the final straw” prompting her decision to resign. She said the email was indicative of the treatment she received from Ingstad since 2008.
If the board decides to accept Ingstad’s resignation, it would leave county – which is facing a million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year – without a budget officer. Ingstad could reportedly receive three months of severance pay if he is let go. The April 10 closed session is set for 9 a.m., before the regularly scheduled board meeting.