At last night’s meeting of the Northern Wasco Parks and Recreation District Board, several members of the public spoke against the dismissal earlier this year of Parks District Executive Director Scott Greene.
Dennis Morgan was one of four people from the public who spoke,
“I did not feel that Mr. Greene got a fair hearing,” Morgan said. “It’s hard for me to believe that someone would go from nine years of having glowing reviews to being a pariah.
He also delivered a petition with 88 signatures, calling on the board to reinstate Greene.
He was followed by Chip Wood, who had urged people to come out and support Greene.
“Not only did Scott Greene save the district,” Wood said, “But the district was in the position of disbanding. They asked Scott and he said ‘Give me two years and I’ll pull it out,’ and that’s exactly what he did. This really comes as a blow to the community that he got fired in the manner that he did, and so I am going to start a recall of Nikki, Travis and Catherine. It’s going to cost the district $9,000. I just wanted everybody to know.”
Neither board members Nikki Lesich, Travis Dray nor Chair Catherine Whelan chose to comment on the announcement.
Following the public comment, the board voted to allow the chair to negotiate with their top choice of four applicants for the Executive Director position.
Board members also thanked interim director Kurt Cozad for his willingness to step back into the director’s role and spend time away from his wife and their dogs in Whitefish, Montana.
Cozad noted that he has a son living in The Dalles, and the experience found the two of them growing closer.