Orange County CEO Tom Mauk has a problem. The problem is Carlos “Bubba BustyGump” Bustamante. The Director of OC Public Works Administration cannot seem to figure out when to keep his unfunny sexist jokes to himself. He also forgot rule #1, Never tell an off color joke to, or inÃ‚Â earshot ofÃ‚Â a reporter.
UPDATE: just got an answer, wrapped in a non-answer, back from the Media Relations Office. “The County Executive Office is unable to comment on personnel matters. Hmmm? Last week Carlos was allegedly speaking as an individual and member of the Santa Ana City Council. Today, it is now a personnel matter. Well, I guess we could call this movement in a positive direction. Or we can see it as the beginning of an effort to orchestrate a way to frame Busty’s behavior as acceptable. Time will tell.
Tom Mauk now has to figure out how to deal with a senior manager responsible for Human Resources functions in OC Public Works who is also a high profile elected official, who through his “joke” has painted his image as that of someone who is unable or unwilling to uphold the County EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) policy.
By all standards of ethics and integrity some action is warranted. At a minimum, Mr. Bustamante should no longer be in a position of oversight of Human Resources functions for his agency. Regardless as to his prior level of performance, his credibility as an unbiased manager responsible for the implementation of the County EEO Policy in th OC Parks department is questionable a best, damaged beyond repair at worst.
I’m still waiting for a response to my Monday afternoon inquiry of Mauk that I posted about yesterday. I’m not really holding my breath because Mr. Mauk has previously made his feelings about bloggers clear (he doesn’t like blogs or bloggers).
At any rate, I’m still waiting with the rest of you to see if once again one of the boys in management will escape responsibility for his actions? It has happened many times before, particularly with senior managers in this department, I wonder if the same will happen again?