[Watchdogs] Tesar and Board compensation
naomiw at austin.rr.com
Tue Feb 17 16:34:16 CST 2009
This was a tough one for me, as I applauded Mr. Tesar's original promise not
to take compensation and was disappointed to find that he did. Anyone
running and elected should have known the horrendous amount of time you
would have spent in this position. I am on several small boards, and even
with a board with no issues or problems, spend an inordinate amount of time
preparing, planning and working. This was one of the main reasons I didn't
even consider running for the PEC board.
And I am sorry that Mr. Tesar's employment is of the kind that would prevent
him from giving 100% to both his work and the PEC board. Some are able to
mix both worlds successfully and fully, and others are not.
Hence, the inherent problem with this system. Not a lot of people can afford
to take off from a paying job to spend full-time hours on a non-paying gig.
That's why politicians are a singularly unqualified lot of people who come
from very narrow backgrounds. I would love to see an actual electrician or
linesman on the PEC board, but most of us have lives to live, jobs to get
to, families to support, and a myriad of other obligations that prevent them
from dedicating the majority of their waking hours to a non-paying gig.
That being said, Mr. Tesar - you have been involved in initiating some great
things. As the bulk of the concerns put forth by the PEC4U organization
seemed to be addressed (or are in the process of being addressed), maybe now
you can run for the Director position, have less work to do, and follow
through on your promise to not take compensation and set an example for the
rest. Because, in the end, I still believe that this is a volunteer
position. And how can you truly be unbiased and serve the membership and not
be beholden to the entity that is paying your monthly living expenses?
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