Daniel Chacon, reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, cracks me up. In a story entitled, “‘Problem’ cited at Parks and Rec; bosses puzzled,” he provides, verbatim, Recreation Director Dolores Moreno’s, um, understanding of what “prioritization of deliverables,” meant in the context of meting out discipline for employees under her supervision.
In the most recent case, longtime recreation coordinator Ronalda Mounjim was fired, in part, because the department said she failed to meet goals in a performance improvement plan.
But even the head of recreation couldn’t define one of the goals.
When the Career Service hearing officer asked Recreation Director Dolores Moreno to define “prioritization of deliverables,” she offered this explanation according to a transcript of the hearing:
“Um, basically what you’re, what you’re going to do if, um, if you have, um, a timeline of objectives and delivery dates, and so, um, for us, and I’ll give you an example.
“For us, we have, um, a citywide brochure that comes out, um, four times a year, and so, um, so I’m going back to the session calendar is, ah, you know, why we have those registration dates when, when content is due, what posting is due etcetera, etcetera, and so, so if, um, so if our, um delivery date of the, um, brochure is . . . you know, um . . . February second, that, um, the kind of our targeted places in our neighborhoods, whether it’s schools, whether it’s churches, businesses, etcetera etcetera, that, um, that part of the prioritization is, one, you know, who’s going to be responsible for that.”
Moreno continued the explanation before ending it with: “So it’s pretty basic.”
Hearing officer Bruce Plotkin said of the testimony offered by Moreno and other managers: “It was clear (that they) struggled to present a coherent definition.”
Uh-huh… Okay, then.
But, then, could we really expect more from the present management crew over at Parks and Rec? Probably not.
Thanks, Daniel for starting my day off with a smile.