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NCEA union is not the problem The official version coming from the Nye County Commis- sion is that the reason tot spending the remaining available Payment Equal To Taxes (PETF) fund money to get through the FY 199%98 budget year is because of the greedy, selfish, uncompromising and uncaring members of the Nye County Employees Association (NCEA), If these union members would have bent just a little, the gross waste of the remaining PETI" funds would have been completely unnecessary, or so the story goes. The problem is that the NCEA membership is fully aware that if they bent over just a little more, something was going to happen all right and they knew exactly what it was going to be. Another problem is that these union members, the men and women in the trenches, the workforce of Nye County, are well aware Of the enormous waste that takes place on a day-to-day basis of taxpayer funds. The soldier on the battlefield is welt aware of the fact when he has a rotten leader. The men and women in the trenches of Nye County government are similarly aware. They are aware that a privileged few are always the successful bidders on Nye County contracts. They are aware that Nye County contracts are written and tailored to specifically favor a targeted bid responder. They are aware that all bid contracts in Nye County are written by top level county administration personnel and not district attorney staff as required by state law. They are aware that there is a person in the district attorney&apos;s office that has no allegiance whatsoever to the district attorney and acts as an open line conduit of information to the county manager and his special assistant on all matters of conflict between Nye County Administration and the District Attorney's Office. They are aware that this person openly declares in private conversation that "I run the DA's office." The union members and the Nye County taxpayers have been given no reason to believe that the waste that has been, and is still being uncovered, by the Nevada Department of Taxation since taking over control of Nye Regional Medical Center, is not indicative of Nye County as a whole. Sam Ruma, the interim administrator presently in charge of Nye Regional, summed it up with the following comment, "There is no question but that you have been raped and pillaged." Discoveries to date include ap- parent "ghost" employees on the payroll, vast amounts of oveime paid with no Valid documentation that it ever worked, consultant fees and contracts paid for no discern- ible reason, hundreds of thou- sands of dollars of supplies purchased unnecessarily, in short a vast legacy of misman- agement and waste. Large sums of taxpayer monies are continuously "fun- neled out of Nye County cof fers in negotiated lawsuit settle- ments arising from Nye County management and Nye County Commission actions that are in violation of Nevada Statutes. Yet these sums are as noth- ing when compared to the county's exposed liability in further lawsuits presently in the pipeline. The Bill Offutt lawsuit, for example, stemming from al- leged actions of a completely depraved individual while sit- ting in the seat of Nye County Manager, will neverbe allowed to go to trial Any person who has seen the documentation available behind these charges, as this writer has, is well aware that the lawsuits will end in a nego- tiated settlement in the mil- lions of dollars. At that, the plaintiffs willbe shortchanged. Cameron McRae - at that time chairman of the Nye County Board of Commission- ers - went absolutely ballistic upon being informed that Offutt had been abruptly fired. Standing at a courtesy phone at the Kennedy Airport in Washington, D.C., McRae screamed into the phone. "What the am I going tc THIS MAN'S OPINION :i7::< ...+: by Brent Mathewson do? What the am I going to do?" It is not thought that McRae was showing concern about Offutt's alleged victims. It is worth noting that the present special assistant to the county manager, Rachel Nicholson, was first alerted as early as February 1995 as to Offutt's alleged conduct, and it is believed that if she had acted in an appropriate manner at that time the damage to the victims would have been l imite d to a tiny fraction of what came later and the county's liability limited to pennies on the dollar of what it is today. Strangely enough, Nicholsoa was apparently rewarded for her inaction by the Nye County Commission when she was later fired by Nye County District At- torney Bob Beckett. Upon being fired, the commission immedi- ately hired her into her present $100,000 per year job. The present county manager, Les Bradshaw, seems to have gained his position in an equally odd manner. With the amount of money the county was paying Offutt, this position could have been advertised nationwide with a final selection made from the cream of the crop. No such thing occurred. Bradshaw, already an insider in Nye County politics, was immediately plucked from his job at the Yucca Mountain Repository Project and inserted into his present position. Is it possible that there were members on the commis- sion that were reluctant, maybe even terrified, of what the outcome would be if a truly competent person filled the position of Nye County Manager'? The truth is that the Nye County citizen has seen precious little of the twenty-something millions of dottars received in PETT fund monies to this date. To blame the NCEA union members at this time for the present fiscal condition of the county after year upon year of squandering county funds is a lie of enormous proportions. 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