lay off the staff!

A disturbing trend I have seen recently in emails and comments is the insinuation that staff are somehow responsible for the current debacle. They are not, and I wholeheartedly condemn any attack on any AMS Staff person whose name has been unfairly impugned in this process. They are responsible to the elected executive and Council, and because they are unable to act as agents of the AMS, they should not EVER be held directly accountable unless the commit a criminal or fraudulent act against the AMS.

I will be deleting any comment that implies that the staff of the AMS are responsible for the current mess. Particularly, no mention of Rory Green, Adrienne Smith and Kelli Seepaul will be tolerated. They were doing their jobs under the direction of the people that they reported to.

Elected people are responsible for taking the advice of the staff, and responsible for the actions that they direct the staff to do. It is their job to manage, and the buck stops at them, not any staff person, when everything goes up in flames.


10 Responses to “lay off the staff!”

  1. 2 Nathan Bronsteen
    November 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Oh, “we were just following orders”, never heard that before. This is exactly why the UN needs to get involved, we need our Nuremberg for the horrible Crimes Against Humanity that have been going on at this University of Buchenwald Chelmno.

  2. 3 Jordan
    November 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Just a thought, but couldn’t this post’s title “lay off the staff!” be easily misinterpreted as a rallying cry to fire the staff? It’s not like anyone would ever read this title without context, like in some newfangled RSS feed/blog aggregator or anything…

  3. 4 radicalbeer
    November 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    @Jordan I have to say I didn’t think of that… I will probably amend this soon.

  4. 5 Dan C
    November 29, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I would like to ask for context for this. The issue of the UN Debacle and the Blake/Tim conflict is huge and so is the discussion surrounding it. I have a hard time keeping up with all the commentaries surrounding them so it doesn’t surprise me at all (nor do I believe I’m the only one) that is uncertain at what point people started coming after the Staff’s heads. So, I again ask for context: Who coming after the AMS Staff and why?

  5. 6 d
    November 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

    What about Katie Blake’s assistant? Surely she should be included in the list of staff who knew about this.

  6. 7 Erica Eads
    November 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I second Dan’s comment “Who coming after the AMS Staff and why?”

  7. 8 radicalbeer
    December 1, 2009 at 4:47 am

    There have been numerous comments in the online feedback form, and there were people speaking at the meeting that spoke specifically to the non-elected staff involvement. I think this could be a visceral response to the terrible directives given to them by their elected bosses.

  8. 9 J
    December 2, 2009 at 3:26 am

    The Ams, and naturally, the president, has access to a number of mailing lists. It’s not a “secret” kept by the communications department.

  9. 10 Hillson
    December 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    I just wanted to address some misconceptions I had held regarding staff involvement. The hired staff have to follow the directives given to them by their bosses which in this case was Tim and Blake. To not do so puts their own jobs at risk. It has also come to my attention that the President has access to AMS mailing lists so a “leak” of private information did not take place.

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