Fraser Rec District officials: Vote about Flores took place a month before she resigned
March 24, 2008
The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District board of directors voted to seek former Executive Director Cyndy Flores resignation on Jan. 22, more than one month prior to her actual resignation, according to a letter to the Sky-Hi Daily News from the district’s attorney.Since finding out about Flores forced resignation, the Sky-Hi Daily News has been working through attorney Christopher Beall of Levine Sullivan Koch & Shulz, L.L.P. to determine when the decision took place and who participated in the vote. The district responded via attorney Owen L. Oliver of Oliver and Carney, P.C. on March 19. In his letter, Oliver states that the board arrived at its decision outside of executive session after its regular monthly board meeting on Jan. 22. Flores was informed of the boards decision Feb. 27. Flores had been at the regular board meeting on Jan. 22 taking minutes prior to the executive session. A copy of the approved minutes from the Jan. 22 meeting obtained by the Sky-Hi Daily News does not include any record of a decision regarding Flores resignation.After coming out of executive session and reconvening the public meeting, the board discussed her situation further, Olivers letter states, and made the decision to ask for her resignation. That action is not reflected in the minutes (a copy of which is attached), and obviously that needs to be corrected. The confusion, Oliver explained, was due to the fact that Flores typically took minutes and the board action that took place after she left the meeting did not find its way into the current draft minutes. Revised minutes will be prepared and submitted to the board of directors for adoption at their next meeting.According to Flores, reached by phone on Monday, she was neither informed nor aware of the boards direction concerning her employment until longer than a month after it had been decided. During the intervening month, Flores continued to conduct Fraser Recreation District business, including the sale of bonds for the districts Community Enhancement Project on Feb. 7.But as part of the districts process, according to board President Jim Fox, the board relayed to Flores her employment performance evaluations in February, scheduled evaluations that led to asking for the executive directors resignation Feb. 27.The Jan. 22 decision was unanimous, Fox said, and the conduct of board members was above board. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail email@example.com.