Ed Marston has accused me of writing letters on behalf of DMEA management employees. I don't know if he thinks I'm the puppet or the puppeteer, but to set the record straight — my comments represent my views regarding the on-going conflict of interest at DMEA.
Mr. Marston's complicated "conspiracy theory" is just a diversion from the fact that one director is disqualified because he is employed by a competitor. It seems that his conspiracy theory is that managers at DMEA are so afraid of an operational audit that they have enlisted me, other members, and employees to attend meetings and express outrage regarding the board's vote to allow Glen Black to remain on the board. He proposes that these actions are part of an elaborate ruse to prevent an audit (one approved by the entire board May 2012) instead of any real concern for the integrity of the association. Also to address a rumor — I have no interest in serving on the DMEA board. I think members with a clean slate and an unbiased desire to serve should be encouraged to run. Former employees and directors have had their chance to serve. BUT, I'm not saying they don't have the right to throw their hat into the ring. Many past and current directors have provided great service to the cooperative including Mr. Marston and Mr. Renfrow. Both have given selflessly and their service needs to be recognized, but new blood is needed. I can't believe anyone would think that the company hasn't been willing to change since 2008. Difficult decisions have been made during this devastating recession. However, one very negative change that has impacted productivity is that communications between the board and employees has broken down. I think it stems from a lack of trust at the very top — the board. This boiled to a head at the June 2012 organizational meeting when Mr. Black was elected board president. That is when the outrage directed at the conflict of interest really began to build. The board's ability to deal with significant challenges is extremely difficult with this cloud of impropriety hanging over its head.