Vickie Neikirk – FIRED

imageIt is a fine line between resigning and being fired. Other than the fact that multiple sources have told me that Vickie Neikirk was actually fired there are clues. If someone shows up to work and blind sides their boss quitting with no notice they would surely not be paid a severance package. But if you show up to work tomorrow and your boss says, you have one of two choices. You can be fired or resign and still receive your severance package. You choose the resignation this way you can find future employment. If you choose option be the forced resignation you were still fired no matter what the paperwork says.

One of Hall County’s weakest links lost her job on Monday. It would have been last Friday if she had not called in sick. Vickie Neikirk is out today looking for employment. If you know of some podunk town in North Georgia needing a Finance Manager give her a call. Now your asking, why am I being so hard on her? I’m being hard due to her being an obvious problem that no one wanted to deal with till now. But to her credit she lasted longer than I ever thought she would. She was with us from 2011 till 2015. We here at the Truth wish Mrs Neikirk the best of luck in the future.

The fact that she finally got fired is most interesting to me. I know she botched the budget up multiple times but most errors were caught before she presented to the public. But really what’s a million dollars moved here or there or missing when it’s government. It’s just tax money after all. So I really wonder what was the straw that broke the camels back.

Now the next question is, do others in the department get a pink slip? I don’t want to speculate but if Vegas had odds I would bet on yes. One thing is for sure, with Jock Connell tasked with fixing the department, it will be functioning smoothly in no time. I wish Hall County had 10 Jock Connell’s running around in it fixing things (but that’s another story for another day.)

I look forward to meeting the next Finance Director for the County. If I haven’t met him already. You can bet the next one will be more equipped to handle the job and the personnel under them. This will only make our county a better place by improving the finance department. One final note, I hope the next Finance Director can explain to Chairman Dick Mecum CPA, what the difference between solvent and insolvent means.

  6 comments for “Vickie Neikirk – FIRED

  1. Dagny Taggert
    July 1, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Wow, talk about hitting her with the door on the way out.

  2. July 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I worked with Mrs. Neikirk for at least 3 years while I was a commissioner. I believe that she conducted herself in a very professional manner. Working for 5 individuals is a no win situation for most people. Fundamentally, however, I believe that some of the problems were structural. I saw the beginning of the end when the Grants department was moved out from under Finance to under Administration shortly after Mrs. Neikirk was hired.

    Having the Grants department in the wrong location led to this: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/107498/; which led to this: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/107836/; which led to this: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/archives/108154/.

    I don’t recall the reason why Grants was moved, but I think that it may have had something to do with priorities. During the recession, the commission wanted the Grants writer trying to located additional monies even if there were difficult administrative bureaucracies associated with the Grants.

    I think that if Mrs. Neikirk were in the right situation, she could be a great asset to some organization. Unfortunately, sometimes things just don’t work out.

  3. GT183
    July 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I blame Lutz.

  4. PIRG
    July 19, 2015 at 11:56 am

    The way it was handled is how Hall County and the BOC handles things, very unprofessional. I would love to read her employment contract. The former fire chief was still kept on in Emergency Management after the debacle with the fire truck. Be careful, with the special projects coordinator. He can work 20 hrs a week and make the same amount of money that Ms. Neikirk did working 40 hrs a week. The County Administrator job is to shield the Department heads from having those five bosses call you up. That says a lot about the structure of county government – by the seat of your pants.

    • July 20, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Sorry that it took so long to approve your post. I was away from my computer last week. Her employment contract should be an open record if you would like to read it.

      • PIRG
        July 21, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        Tks

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