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Cedar Rapids Citizen Newspaper Archives Jan 8 1964, Page 1

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Cedar Rapids Citizen, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1964, Cedar Rapids, IowaDoes Idt circulate Avenue weekly in Cedar h volume Iii Mott january 8, 1964 West we5t county conservation exec quits. Cites difficult conditions Alman says Board used him As whipping boy me dung triples costs the elusive letter of Resig nation tendered by . Alman from the Linn county conservation commission brought a flood of no comments when unearthed monday by a citizen reporter. Unanimous in decision for once the Linn county Board of supervisors All pled on the grounds Side red sore spots during his tenure in office. Five areas 1. The Board has never Given their top executive the authority he must have to effectively carry out the plans and programs of the Hoard. 2, Board has dictated John re placement for Alman As executive for the commission stated the commission has no comment to make and neither do i. So far As i m concerned the incident is the object of All this commentary is the lengthy letter of resignation submitted to the Board by executive officer . Alman reprinted in part on Page 3 of the citizen. Two Points in the letter Alman stated that dissatisfaction with his Job As executive officer rests in two important areas wages and working conditions Alman pointed out that the failure of the Board to heed his warning about inadequate wages resulted in the loss of All key personnel during the last he further claimed that every employee lost represents a loss of up to thousands of dollars. This loss is being borne by the taxpayers of this county which you about working conditions Alman pointed out that Al though the material parts of working con d it ions Are among the Best to be found in the state Many areas that destroy morale need to be Brough t to attention of the Board. Alman specifically pointed out five areas that rut Cori limiting action to approval As required by Law. 3. The executive is a Whipp ing boy for the Board. 4. The Board has often scheduled work assigned Crews set deadlines for work completion and other Wise dabbled in administrative or executive functions. 5. The Board has not developed the policy needed to guide the organization nor have they done much with annual work plans or yearly project among the Many examples Alman gave of friction bet Ween the executive and the Board was one involving the Abby Creek school. Alman stated that the Board hired a contractor to tear up the Abby Creek school Yard knowing it cannot be finished and seeded until our men get on the Job after three other projects Are finished. We had to remove All the dirt hauled in by the contractor fill and then replace his dirt. Cost tripled. Project was slowed rather than Alman closed his letter of resignation by saying i cannot say it has been a successful experience but it had been informative and never Alman is now the City Forrester in Rock Ford Illinois. Doctors say Augie i la no says walk again operation to remove bullets still fates Youthful athlete -x3 a o v Tel in o in by at citizen interviews Augie Holtquist Story on Page 6

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