Fraser rec director out after 22 years, passing $19.5 million bond
March 5, 2008
On the heels of a successful $19.5 million bond issue that will allow improvements to the Pole Creek Golf Course, Fraser Valley Sports Complex and the construction of a recreation center, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District has lost its long-time executive director, Cyndy Flores. Flores categorized her decision to leave
as a forced resignation.
But why is unclear, and no one is talking.
“I have nothing to say to you other than that she is no longer with the rec. district,” said Jim Fox, president of the board.
Fox would not comment on who made the decision or when that decision was made.
Vice president of the board Howard Venezia said,”All I can tell you is Flores is no longer with us,” citing the need for “confidentiality for her and for us.”
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Attempts Wednesday to obtain meeting minutes or a recording of the decision were unsuccessful.
Members of the recreation district board are President Jim Fox, Vice President Howard Venezia, Secretary/Treasurer Pete Strohecker, Member at Large Dan O’Connell and Member at Large Beth Sands.
Regularly scheduled board of directors meetings are 5:30 p.m., every fourth Tuesday of each month at the Winter Park Town Hall.
Flores, who has worked for the district 22 of the 27 years she has lived in the Fraser Valley, said she could not comment much while lawyers work out a possible severance package.
She was notified of the board’s decision to ask her to step down on the day of her resignation, last Wednesday.
When asked when the board made it’s decision, she replied, “I don’t know when they made the decision. I have no clue.”
Scott Ledin, director of parks and recreation guessed the decision may have been made during the Tuesday, Feb. 26, board meeting in executive session. But, when asked, Fox said, “That’s inaccurate,” but would not comment further.
As of her job, “I loved it,” she said. “I wouldn’t have worked there as long as I did if I hadn’t.”
Passing a recreation bond in the Fraser Valley, something she had pushed since the mid-90s, was her triumph, she said.
“Third time’s a charm,” she said. “I feel very proud for the accomplishments I achieved for my community.”
Ledin has been asked to fill Flores’s job responsibilities as district staff provide a proposal to the board on how to proceed.
The termination fell in step with Flores’s annual evaluation.
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