Last Tuesday, OC Public Works Director of Administration, Carlos Bustamante made what some in the Red blogosphere call a “funny and on point joke.”
Christian and I were discussing the vote. At that point, Carlos walked into the building. he and I shook hands and commiserated about the vote. I told Carlos that I was explaining to Christian why I thought it was, ultimately, a gender-driven appointment. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s when Carlos made the comment, at which I chuckled because I a) thought it was funny and b) that it was on point. – Jubal (Red County Magazine).
The funny joke was Ã¢â‚¬Å“I kept telling the Chief (Walters) maybe we should get you some implants, or a water bra.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What is not funny is that Carlos Bustamante was not on his own time and speaking as a private citizen contrary to what the Public Information Office says…
Mr. Bustamante’s alleged comments at Tuesdays Board Meeting were made in his capacity as a Santa Ana Councilmember and private citizen.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
First, Mr. Bustamante’s “joke” is no longer alleged, since the two people he made it to have confirmed that he made the joke. Second, as Director of Administration for OC Public Works, Bustamante had walked into the Hall of Administration for the budget hearings. He made his “joke” while on county time and in his capacity as a senior county executive who oversees Human Resources for his Agency. But even if he had been off work that day, or at that time,Ã‚Â it is the policy of the County of Orange that such comments are not tolerated.
By what measure are current and future employees to gauge the commitment of county to this policy if a senior executive is permitted to engage in such embarrassing and intolerable behavior? How can anyone trust the commitment of executive management to uphold sexual harassment policies if a Director of Administration is permitted to hold his position in managementÃ‚Â after making such a “joke?”
The Personnel and Salary Resolution adopted in 2003 establishes the following related to senior management officials, which Carlos Bustamante is:
Section 5. Senior Management Officials (Executive Management – Group III)
A. All Executive Management employees, other than Agency/Department Heads, shall serve at the pleasure of the Agency/Department Head (i.e. At Will).
B. Group III Executive Management employees may be released from County service at any time, without notice, cause or rights of appeal or right to reduce to a lower level position, by the Agency Department Head.
The bottom line here is quite simple really. If Carlos Bustamante is to remain in his position as Director of Administration for OC Public Works it will be At County CEO Tom Mauk’s Will. So what’s it going to be? Will the bad behavior of senior managers once again be ignored?
Will Tom Mauk stand on the side of integrity? Or will he stand with one of the boys?