Another Salt Lake Organizing Committee official hired by former boss Tom Welch is out of a job, a "dangerous trend" according to a trustee of the 2002 Winter Games.
Acting SLOC Treasurer Dave Baugh apparently was forced to resign the position last week. Baugh, who'd worked for the organizing committee for nearly three years, declined to comment when reached at his Bountiful home.Baugh told his supervisor he was "going to pursue other opportunities," according to Shelley Thomas, SLOC vice president of communications. Thomas said he has been moved to a part-time position in accounting.
The supervisor, SLOC Chief Financial Officer Mark Tanner, said in a statement that he and Baugh "mutually decided that the best way to handle internal audit was not through a full-time position, rather to utilize the professional services of an outside independent firm."
The news of Baugh's resignation comes one day after Cindy Gillespie, the organizing committee's lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and another Welch appointee, announced she was stepping down.
They join at least four other SLOC officials who've left since Frank Joklik assumed control of the organizing committee last fall, after Welch was charged with spouse abuse and resigned.
Ken Bullock, who represents the Utah League of Cities and Towns on the organizing committee's board of trustees, said he's concerned about the effect of the resignations on preparations for the Olympics.
"It's a dangerous trend that's going on. This has been going on for quite some time," Bullock said. "You have less than four years left, and you need some stability. We don't seem to have it."
Thomas said the organizing committee continues to be in transition. "There is not an atmosphere of instability here," she said. "I don't think what we're going through is startling or unusual."
Since Salt lake City was awarded the 2002 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee in June 1995, the number of employees has grown to 77. The organizing committee work force should reach at least 500 by 2002.
Joklik has a stable senior management team in place, Thomas said. "We don't feel at all unstable. Quite the opposite. We're in an exciting period of growth. We've jelled as a management team," she said.
Bullock also questioned the arrangements many of the former staffers have made to continue as consultants to the organizing committee, especially where the money is coming from to pay them.
"What programs or other areas of the budget has to be re-prioritized to meet whatever commitments Frank is making," Bullock asked. The issue is likely to come up during next trustees meeting on April 9.
Besides Baugh and Gillespie, resignations have also come from former finance vice president Gordon Crabtree, budget director Scott Greene, sponsor services director Stephanie Pate and community relations director Bob Hunter.
Crabtree continues to serve as a consultant even though SLOC hired a new chief financial officer. Gillespie will also work as a consultant, at least until her replacement is found.
Baugh was hired as director of accounting in 1995. He has been the organizing committee's acting treasurer since last fall, although Thomas said the position was never approved by the board of trustees.
Thomas said that according to a memo from Tanner on the decision, Baugh will "assist in accounting" on a part-time basis, in a position that does not have a title.