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Yep, the Tucker Crazy Train continues to lurch incoherently. Tucker must think that no one is intelligent enough to notice that he ignores direct questions, talks in generalities, and tries to avoid being pinned down. Just look closely at his 5 paragraphs of quotes on this page. There is virtually no content in any of those 5 paragraphs.
So here are just a few sobering statistics to help put things in context.
Remember that all of the turnover discussed in this latest story is just from the PAST SIX MONTHS ALONE! The Deputy General Manager, the Chief Operations Officer, the Deputy Chief Operations Officer, etc., etc. JUST IN SIX MONTHS! Over the past few years, the cumulative turnover is much, much higher.
In the few years since Tucker has been at NCTD, there have been:3 Chief Operating Officers3 Intergovernmental Affairs Officers3 Managers of HR3 Chiefs of Transit Enforcement4 ADA Administrators5 (count 'em, FIVE!) Managers of Communications and Marketingand that is just a PARTIAL list of the organizational chaos. The list could go on and on!
Don't even try to understand the org charts, which are generally not even updated because Tucker keeps changing the structure. Employees frequently are confused about who their department reports to. The NCTD website still shows the January 6, 2014 org chart, with a bunch of departments reporting to Deputy General Manager Reed Caldwell. He's been gone since December!
Tucker plays carelessly with the lives and careers of his employees, the way a child with ADHD might play carelessly with action figures. First Tucker hires a new employee, frequently paying $25,000 or more in recruiting fees to his recruiter buddy Tony Kouneski. Then Tucker gets bored and fires the employee, requiring non-disclosure in severance agreements, to keep Tucker's misdeeds secret from the public. Then Tucker hires some more. And this chaos causes enormous waste like the Sprinter shutdown.
My severance agreement has the non-disclosure clauses. I did not want it. Tucker insisted on it. Tucker says in the interview he wanted to be "compassionate." Baloney! This was blackmail, pure and simple. That is why I, like so many others, am forced to be anonymous.
As a member of the riding public, do you feel safe knowing about this kind of organizational insanity? Is this the kind of organization you can trust with your safety, or the safety of your children?
July 3, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.
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