So I run into Pat Foster at the Norco station last Friday morning. Foster is the G.M. of Hot Creek Aviation and sat on the interview panel which recommended the hiring of William Bauman for the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport Maintenance Coordinator position.
That hiring was ultimately placed on hold to review the interview process – this coming after the revelation that Bauman is the likely future son-in-law of Councilman John Eastman.
Sheet: So Pat, c’mon, you can tell me. No one’s listening … was this kid really the best candidate or did you just go along with it to make everyone happy?
Foster said that it was a toss-up between Bauman and one other candidate and he really would have been happy with either selection.
Sheet: But was he as experienced as some of the other candidates?
No. In fact, Foster said one candidate was a former airport manager on the west side of the Sierra. The problem with a lot of the other candidates was that they were too overqualified for what he considers to be an entry-level type of job.
The issue, it appears, is that the Town wrote a pretty lousy job description which didn’t adequately explain what it was really looking for.
And Eastman driving Bauman to the interview certainly didn’t help. As Foster said, “I wouldn’t have even known there was a connection,” if Bauman had arrived by himself.