So, I never made it to the public
ass reaming performance appraisal for the Chandler City Manager, Mark Pentz, which started at 3:30pm today yesterday. It's now 12:30am, and it's still going on, live, on the public access channel.
I set the DVR to record the meeting so I could watch it later. Flipping channels around 10pm I found what I thought was the re-broadcast. I quickly found the proceedings to alternate between interesting, in the councilmembers' focus on minutiae of how quickly Mr. Pentz responded to requests, and mind-numbingly dull.
Being the multi-tasker I am, I decided to check out YouTube, which I've heard much about, but haven't really checked out yet. That was MUCH more entertaining. Some videos that were MORE entertaining than Martin Sepulveda's head spinning around included:
Interpretation of a Fallout Boy Song (hysterical!)
Pachelbel's Canon – Guitar Style (this guy's talented)
Urban Ninja (guy with a serious Spiderman complex)
Art-Rash Megamix Video (hilarious!)
So, I started paying a bit more attention to the council meeting when Mark Pentz's attorney addressed the council. This is apparently, according to some of the comments, NOT the rebroadcast – they're actually still there LIVE after midnight. The attorney seems like a pretty bright and competent guy, in contrast to the councilmembers who are asking dumb questions about the meaning of the severance agreement the attorney proposed in the event a termination is voted. Right now, Councilmember Orlando is holding forth on points that Mr. Pentz has "acknowledged" mishandling, and is cross examining him like an attorney in a courtroom. Now he's asking Mr. Pentz about his professional relationships with prior city council members (in other cities he's managed). A few minutes ago, Mr. Pentz's attorney was explaining the difference between dismissal for no reason (at-will) and for a BAD reason (which can be litigated in an at-will state). It seems to me that holding someone accountable, under the cloak of a performance appraisal, for actions taken prior to being employed with the current organization, would be a BAD reason to fire someone. Orlando is an idiot, and the City deserves to get sued if they fire Pentz.
This is tedious. I'm going to bed. Good luck Mr. Pentz, I hope you have a job tomorrow.