Beverly Buscemi, director of the state Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, wrote a blistering letter to the Greenville disabilities board on March 13.
In the letter, Buscemi
questioned the legality of the meeting in which Parker was terminated, saying it appeared the local board violated the state Freedom of Information Act, met in secret to decide on hiring Haddon
, and closed off staff, public and stakeholders' input on that action.
"This speaks to the serious lack of openness and commitment to transparency by the Greenville board and has created unnecessary turmoil," Buscemi
Ninety-five percent of the GCDSN's funding comes from state sources, Buscemi
said in her
letter, and state officials expected to be kept in the loop about matters as serious as changing executive directors.
This didn't happen, she
Buscemi demanded that the board provide a copy of its plan to recruit a permanent executive director by March 23.
Buscemi wrote that state standards require that an executive director for a county DSN board have a minimum of a master's degree in human services or a related field and a minimum of five years of progressive experience in the field of disabilities.
"Given the current problems... with the Greenville Board
, it would be difficult to justify why (the board) would want to lessen the requirements for an executive director," Buscemi
also raised issues with how the GCDSN
board has interacted with clients and their families.
In early March, she
said state DSN officials met in Greenville with clients of the county agency and were overwhelmed by complaints on how the agency has been operated in recent years.
More than 60 complaints were noted by state officials.
urged the board to become more sensitive to the needs of its clients and their families.