CLE vote to dump Gambee disregarded process, justice
As a voting member of the CLE, I was in attendance for the special meeting that was called by the board of directors (City Has Eye on CLE . . . — CJ, Sept. 10).
My curiosity was piqued when I received a phone call from a director urging me to attend. I inquired as to the reason(s) that warranted the urgency of a special meeting to remove an effective director.
I was not satisfied with the answer, so I decided to attend and listen to what I assumed would be extremely powerful arguments against the “accused.”
I was disappointed.
The meeting was conducted more like a trial. The chair prefaced the meeting stating he was going to follow Robert’s Rules of Order. He then went ahead and made his own rules. The chair interrupted speakers and made a statement. According to Robert’s: “One who expects to take an active part in debate should never accept the chair, or at least should not resume the chair, after having made his speech, until after the pending question is disposed of. The presiding officer of a large assembly should never be chosen for any reason except his ability to preside.”
It was one of the worst examples of a Kangaroo Court I have ever seen. The principles of due process and justice were totally disregarded.
I have had the opportunity to serve on a committee with Linda Gambee. She was very effective in all of her roles.
So what drove this energetic, respected director to threaten to sue the board of directors?
According to Ms. Gambee, it was constant bullying in response to her attempt to implement policy changes. She’d basically had enough.
This bullying was evident for all to see at the special meeting. This made it clear to me that the board was sending a message — either toe the line or you will be removed.
Unfortunately, the board was able to solicit more votes and since Ms. Gambee was basically blind-sided by the call of this meeting, a majority attended to back the board.
Public opinion, however, is very aware of this unjust decision and will hopefully prevail.