On Monday, the Toiyabe Indian Health Project (TIHP) Board met for an executive session in what was described by a reliable source as a fractious meeting over the extraordinary personnel action taken by the board six weeks ago.
At that time, the Board decided, in a 7 to 6 vote, to suspend four top administrators without pay for 60 days, without formal charges. The suspensions were based on accusations levied by a single employee, Human Resource Assistant Geraldine Weaver, made in a grievance letter presented to the board.
Now, six weeks after the administrators were suspended for 60 days without pay, The Board has finally pursued an investigation of the charges. A financial audit will be conducted to determine whether the allegations made by Weaver are true.
Weaver has been working as the acting Human Resources Director for the past six weeks, in place of suspended Human Resources Director Cyndee Kiddoo. However, Weaver announced last week that she plans to leave her job with TIHP to accept the Human Resources Director position for the Bishop Paiute Tribe.
Those who oppose the Board’s actions have expressed the opinion that this might be in some way be a “pay-off” or reward for Weaver, for creating the conditions under which the administrators were suspended.
It has been alleged that Weaver’s letter was written and presented to the TIHP board at the behest of one of the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s TIHP board members looking to oust the currently suspended administrators for “political reasons.”
In a two-page grievance letter in which Weaver “evoked (sic) the Whistle Blower Protection Act,” she accused CEO David Lent and her immediate supervisor, HR Manager Kiddoo, of a host of grievances ranging from ignoring fraud on Dialysis Center timesheets and ignoring violations of recruitment policies, to inappropriate “reimbursements thru (sic) the Wellness Committee to employees personal enterprises,” and bullying by department supervisors. She made the accusation that there are certain employees that often refer to others as “you people” (apparently in a racial context) and accused the CEO of signing off on certain documents from others without knowing what he is signing, claiming she “is the only one who does so,” (i.e., tells him what he is signing).