Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The First Step for the New Executive Director

It has been almost two months since the new executive director, Melanie Whinnery, started working at NYCERS. It is a good size organization with its own unique legal structure. Many of the employees have been there for over 30 years. In fact one employee has been working since Eisenhower was president. I suspect Ms. Whinnery is still trying to get her bearings.

She does, however, have to quickly come to grips with who she is going to have sitting in the office next to her. He or she will be her number two person at the agency. She needs someone who she can really trust, someone she has known for a long time, and someone who has had her back over that time. That means that person is not on staff at NYCERS. She needs to reach out to someone in Albany who she knows and can trust. This is not a position that needs a open search. This is about protecting your back.

This will be the most important decision she will make at NYCERS. Trust me, I know from experience. I got it right once and wrong the second time. You can not begin to imagine the havoc that the wrong choice will bring and there is definitely a lot of work to be done to straighten out the agency.

A word of caution: the current deputy executive director has a strong motive to see the new executive director fail and leave. In addition, if she remains in the number two spot, the current staff will know that nothing has changed.


Unknown said...

Hi my is Tony Ford good morning Boss man Mr Murphy i use to work for CUNY for 3/1/2 years was in accident on 10/18/2017.I hurt my back and back in the accident i was a passenger.I made my job aware and they had to let me go.I fill out paperwork for a refund and some of the staff very rude and disrespectful. My job did the paperwork's not you based system. Some of you reps are real not help for at all.I will ask you to look into my case ID3288.

Unknown said...

Thank you Tony Ford