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Split WAPA Board Vote Kills Motion for Hodge Contract Extension
BY SOURCE STAFF — JANUARY 21, 2016
http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2016/01/21/split-wapa-board-vote-kills-motion-hodge-contract-extension

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Topic starter Posted : January 22, 2016 11:54 am
vicanuck
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Thank god. I thought the day would never come. Good riddance.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 4:45 pm
Bombi
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No loss.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 4:56 pm
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And what are your expectations of his successor? That there are no more power outages anywhere? It's a tough job and I think (and I'm certainly not alone in doing so) that Mr. Hodge has all in all done a good job bringing in and overseeing the implementation of new technology which has resulted in a steady decline in our electricity rates and way fewer outages than in the past. The vote came as a big surprise to many.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 5:58 pm
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I have to agree, despite my annoyances with WAPA which in part lies with the fact the the VI Government does not pay its bills to this entity and continues to owe it millions.

I have to wonder who his replacement will be and what qualifications that person will bring to the table or whether well get dumped with just another Mapp crony.

Mapp has set up his boards so that he can remove those that aren't in agreement with his reign. I'm sure, due to his cunning and vindictive nature, Mr. Hodge will not be the last to bite the dust.

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Topic starter Posted : January 22, 2016 6:16 pm
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He was paid $350,000 a year plus had housing on STX, car, travel and all that. He hung onto the LEAC like a dog with a bone. Maybe we will get someone who knows what maintenance means. Hi elistist, cry baby antics sealed the deal.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 6:47 pm
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From where are you getting a salary figure of $350,000?

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Posted : January 22, 2016 6:55 pm
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OldTart
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Came across this on Facebook.
It's abominable.

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1112020228808390&id=100000012694067&set=a.780845741925842.1073741826.100000012694067&source=48

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=937169006296932&id=100000115248560&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like

Be grateful you have a cistern.

You did see the date on this? It was fully covered in the news back then.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 10:12 pm
Lucy
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Changing the topic after 2 years of silently monitoring. Sorry !!!

This BS about PROPANE makes you feel good. YIKES.

BUT .... this is derived from OIL.

Did you know that the process to make LNG ..... getting below 200F actually removes all of the impurities.

Look up LNG as a stock number. They just sent their first shipment to EU.

We need the USWAPA to get ahead of this ............. big time.

Or we will be sucking Hind ....XXX.

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Posted : January 22, 2016 10:16 pm
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And his salary is still $180K/pa.

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Posted : January 23, 2016 10:53 am
Bombi
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Mapp wants to be the highest paid in the VI Gov't

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Posted : January 23, 2016 1:49 pm
Alana33
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Mapp wants to be the highest paid in the VI Gov't

I was thinking the same ting!
He's doing an excellent job of spending our money on himself so far without having to touch his salary.

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Topic starter Posted : January 23, 2016 2:33 pm
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Looks like Hugo just got the bum's rush!

—" In an emergency meeting called for today, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s board of governors determined that it was in the best interest of WAPA to end its relationship with the authority’s Executive Director, Hugo Hodge, some five months before his contract ends. Mr. Hodge will be out of WAPA by Friday."

"That’s according to a press release WAPA issued late Tuesday, which also made known that Mr. Hodge was relieved of his duties without cause, which means the board lacked good or sufficient reason to terminate the 8-year executive director, and Mr. Hodge will be paid for the remaining months."
http://viconsortium.com/featured/wapa-board-terminates-contract-with-hugo-hodge-five-months-before-expiration/

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Topic starter Posted : January 26, 2016 10:56 pm
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Very nasty of them. They're only firing him now because he spoke out against Mapp. If they planned to fire him all along they would have done so initially and not proceeded with redundant "not renewing his contract" vote.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 1:54 am
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So according to the article, they've just begun to search for a replacement but they blindsided Hodge by giving him his walking papers now instead of having him work out the remaining 5 months though they must pay him thru to the end of his contract.
If they are going to pay him, they might as well have had him work to the end of his contract. More wasteful spending on behalf of this administration.

Anyone replacing Hodge is going to have a learning curve and may need his help. Not wise to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
For all my complaints about WAPA, this whole firing and the way it's been handed just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Here is another display of our governor's vindictiveness.

Hopefully, Mr. Hodges replacement will be someone imminently qualified and experienced and not a political crony appointee.

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Topic starter Posted : January 27, 2016 3:53 am
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Very standard practice. You can't have someone whose been sacked wandering the hallways of the office poisoning the workplace.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 11:22 am
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Very standard practice. You can't have someone whose been sacked wandering the hallways of the office poisoning the workplace.

Totally correct!

CD

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Posted : January 27, 2016 11:25 am
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So we have a CFO running WAPA, while they begin the search for a replacement for Hodge. Hopefully, power will stay on.

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Topic starter Posted : January 27, 2016 11:32 am
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For all my complaints about WAPA, this whole firing and the way it's been handed just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Agreed. I don't think he did a great job, but because: (1) they don't currently have a replacement; and (2) he gave them 8 years of service with no apparent impropriety or disciplinary issues, I think they could have let him finish the last few months.

Because of their action, the record will always reflect that his reason for leaving was TERMINATION, which is typically a red flag for future employers. This will stay with him.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 4:41 pm
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For all my complaints about WAPA, this whole firing and the way it's been handed just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Agreed. I don't think he did a great job, but because: (1) they don't currently have a replacement; and (2) he gave them 8 years of service with no apparent impropriety or disciplinary issues, I think they could have let him finish the last few months.

Because of their action, the record will always reflect that his reason for leaving was TERMINATION, which is typically a red flag for future employers. This will stay with him.

As others stated, this is a very common practice at higher administration levels. You want to mitigate any lame duck damage. At his level, the stigma of being sent out the door before the contract ends is no greater than that of losing the contract in the first place. Also, it will not change his status. He was "terminated" when they voted to end his services. He is still being paid for those months.

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Posted : January 27, 2016 5:00 pm
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At his level, the stigma of being sent out the door before the contract ends is no greater than that of losing the contract in the first place. Also, it will not change his status. He was "terminated" when they voted to end his services. He is still being paid for those months.

Very good points. I agree that the practical effect is largely the same.

However, the decision to not renew a contract is not the same as a termination. They have very different legal meanings and ramifications. Many large engineering firms require that a prospective employee certify that they have never been terminated from any job. If they cannot so certify, an investigation will be initiated.

People elect to not renew contracts every day, usually as a result of market forces. Not renewing a contract is not necessarily indicative of bad conduct on either party. Termination is a little different.

I would have allowed him to resign, if only to avoid any technical red flags on his otherwise impressive resume. [Think the Coffelt or former Police Commissioner White resignations vs this situation] But reasonable minds may disagree!

I can't wait to see who Mapp brings on!

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Posted : January 27, 2016 5:29 pm
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At his level, the stigma of being sent out the door before the contract ends is no greater than that of losing the contract in the first place. Also, it will not change his status. He was "terminated" when they voted to end his services. He is still being paid for those months.

Very good points. I agree that the practical effect is largely the same.

However, the decision to not renew a contract is not the same as a termination. They have very different legal meanings and ramifications. Many large engineering firms require that a prospective employee certify that they have never been terminated from any job. If they cannot so certify, an investigation will be initiated.

People elect to not renew contracts every day, usually as a result of market forces. Not renewing a contract is not necessarily indicative of bad conduct on either party. Termination is a little different.

I would have allowed him to resign, if only to avoid any technical red flags on his otherwise impressive resume. [Think the Coffelt or former Police Commissioner White resignations vs this situation] But reasonable minds may disagree!

I can't wait to see who Mapp brings on!

While your explanation of termination and non-renewal is correct, you don't seem to understand how it applies in the real world. Under your example, he could honestly say he was not terminated. At his level of employment, the actual red flag - that he was denied a renewal -, if not already known, would be immediately found out and scrutinized. Hate to break it to you, but even in large engineering firms, the hiring process is much different for the upper echelon than it is for the minions.

Don't know about Coffelt. But Henry was never in a position that he needed to be "allowed" to resign to preserve his career. He got fed up and quit. Not the same at all.

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Posted : January 29, 2016 12:42 am
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And his salary is still $180K/pa.

According to today's Daily News, his salary was $237,000

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