GRASS VALLEY, Calif. May 10, 2018 – Today, three employees of the embattled Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) resigned, effective immediately. Two of them supervised and ran the Chipping Program – a signature program for the organization – and the only Verification Specialist for the organization also quit.
The resignations are in support of Joanne Drummond, the FSCNC’s erstwhile Executive Director whose contract was not renewed by the Executive Committee.
“I’m resigning in support of Joanne,” Curt Williges said. The former Captain with Cal Fire based in Nevada City has been supervising the chipping program for the past four years. “She [Drummond] is an outstanding boss and a pleasure to work for. Look at what she accomplished in her 12 years at the helm. I can also tell you that I never was contacted by the HR consultant or anyone else for that matter regarding any complaints. Personally, I have never experienced a hostile work environment,” Williges added.
Frank Quadro, also a former firefighter, was with the FSCNC for over a year. “Yes, I’m resigning in support of Joanne. She’s always had my back.” He also confirmed to YubaNet that nobody contacted him regarding any personnel issues or hostile work environment. “I didn’t know there was such a claim until I read your story.”
Nevada County residents will be directly impacted by the resignations. The chipping program is coming to a screeching halt just as spring cleanup and preparations for the upcoming high fire season are on residents’ minds. Compliance inspections to avoid losing homeowner’s insurance are ending with the third resignation by the Verification Specialist.
YubaNet reached out to the Chairman of the Board and interim CEO Dennis Cassella, but calls were not returned by publication time.