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PCC announces greater transparency measures

Move follows controversy over consultant who was paid for unbid work

The recent controversy over a consultant who was paid more than $300,000 for unbid work for Pima Community College has spurred the school's interim chancellor to adopt greater transparency measures.
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Mar 7, 2012, 9:00 am
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I was employed at Pima College for a little over four years. I’ve seen it from the inside, and it’s ugly. I know how the place works. I can tell you with certainty that Miles taking over for Flores is akin to Waylon Smithers taking over the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Miles talks a good game for the papers, but the truth is that nothing is going to change there. From top to bottom, no one is ever held accountable for their actions, inaction, or gross incompetency…and that includes the Board of Governors (they know the voters in this town are stupid, and they take advantage). Everyone there just does whatever they want to do. And, yes, that makes for every bit the hostile and chaotic atmosphere as it sounds like it would.

I had a coworker there who threw a pencil at our supervisor, telling him to get the f-word out of the office…an incident that I witnessed personally. This same person also sexually harassed a female employee that telling her to go stand in the corner of the room and take her top off, also in front of witnesses. Those are just two of the many incidents of blatant unprofessional and hostile behavior shown by this particular person. Despite those two incidents being reported to the campus president…he still works there today.

One of my supervisors basically had a difficult time fitting the job into his busy schedule. He was salary, so he thought that meant he only had to be there about 20-25 hours a week, and when he did bother to show up he hyper-micro-managed everything to the point where we had a very difficult time performing our duties. He would constantly invent relatives, and have those imaginary relatives pass away because he knew he could get five days of bereavement leave and no one would ever verify his story.

That’s just how PCC is…you can do whatever you want there, and you get to keep your job.

Don’t misunderstand me here. PCC has many good, caring people in their system that actually take pride in their work. Unfortunately, the good people there are rarely rewarded for their efforts. Unethical behavior or blatant incompetency is more often rewarded at PCC. I can cite many, many examples of this…

Even though I’ve been out for over two years now, I still think to myself in the shower each morning how grateful I am that I don’t have to go back to PCC any more.

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