And it’s all over John Walczak’s decision to hire the former Development Coordinator back. The one who left in 2011 and happens to be close pals with the outgoing Development Director. She’s on the Friends of the Zoo board. Left for Hosparus. Now wants to return for some sweet cash.
Just days before the outgoing Director gave notice, Walczak met with the individual at the request of that Director. And he ignored the three Zoo employees who were not only qualified but well-experienced. Human Resources and others in charge are looking the other way.
Operations have gotten so heated of late that during this week’s managers’ meeting, staff were no less than pissy with Walczak, questioning his decision, expressing outrage.
Walczak is keen on criticizing Greg Fischer for not having a clue how the Zoo operates. He’s spot-on with that. Because all Greg wants is private tours for his friends. But he’s pretty clueless himself if he only deals with Sadiqa Reynolds and Steve Rowland.
If the Zoo is short-staffed and can’t bare cuts, why is Walczak trying to build a 52-seat Spongebob ride that costs $300,000?
Keepers are retiring and jumping ship left and right because of privatization talks and because of conditions at the zoo. But everything is puppies and rainbows.
Metro can build a $26 million polar bear exhibit but the rest of the Zoo is largely being ignored.
And we wonder why the joint is a financial difficulty as far as Metro assets go.