He wasn’t lost in the woods after all as ex-Orange County CEO Thomas Mauk recently made the LA Times — and it wasn’t for a Model Citizen or Employee of the Year Award.
Mauk was pushed out of County employ in mid-2012 with a $270k severance package. Among a number of nasty personnel issues that he’d failed to deal with, it was former Public Works Manager and Santa Ana Councilman Carlos Bustamante’s sexual assaults of multiple female employees since the mid-’90s that finally forced the Supervisors to deal with look-the-other-way Mauk — clearly he was an incompetent senior manager who should have been let go long before he finally hit the door. Mauk was replaced with another County insider who’s got his own checkered reputation.
From a May LAT story, Agency that overbilled county let go:
Los Angeles County supervisors voted to end a contract with an agency that auditors say overbilled the county by almost $1 million in handling job-training programs for jail inmates and the unemployed. LA Works, an Irwindale-based joint-powers agency that provides workforce development services, was given a sole source contract in 2011 to teach job training and life skills classes in the jails. A recent county audit found that it had overbilled the Sheriff’s Department by about $133,000 for staff time spent on non-sheriff’s programs and for vacation, sick and holiday leave costs that were earned before the contract started.
The story was apparently re-written on June 18th by the same reporter, but for reasons unclear it never made the LATimes.com website. We’ve recopied the pertinent text here that links Mauk to the LA Works JPA:
Tom Mauk, LA Works’ interim chief executive and a former chief executive of Orange County, said the L.A. County contracts made up the bulk of the agency’s business, and that there’s “a distinct possibility” the organization will have to shut down. “It was a serious breach, but it doesn’t deserve the death penalty,” he said.
We have to hand it to Mauk — he landed on his feet with a shady, pseudo-government operation that must not believe in reference checks — or maybe his past was a resume enhancement.
Here’s a scanned copy of the later Times article: (the author never responded to our request for a link):
Update from 7/1: LA Works lays off 13 more employees after losing 85 percent of budget.