Friday, August 21, 2015

PSTA CEO Brad Miller's Evaluation by PSTA Board Member Curtis Holmes



St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Coauthor of: So You Want Blog

 Each year PSTA Board Members are asked to complete a formal evaluation of the PSTA CEO Brad Miller. 

This Series gives the detailed evaluation by each PSTA Board Member.

Comment Text is taken from Documents obtained from a formal Public Records Request with NO edits.

Instructions (To Board Members)
Please take a few minutes to provide a numerical score in the following 10 general performance areas. You may also provide narrative comments as needed. A narrative providing some further explanation of each performance area is provided to help guide you in developing your overall score.

Reviewer:  Curtis Holmes Commissioner City of Largo 
1. Organizational Leadership
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:  2

COMMENTS:  Not enough accountability, not enough "improved performance".

2. Future Opportunities & Investments
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:  2

COMMENTS:  PSTA has been slow to develop revenue streams from large employers
such as SPC, and many opportunities still exist in this area. There is too much emphasis on alternatives to diesel buses when there is no need for them at this time, or in the foreseeable future

3. Policy Development & Strategy
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:  3

COMMENTS:  None

4. Policy Implementation
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:  2

COMMENTS: In August 2014, Mr. Miller agreed to give the full board weekly updates to avoid negative surprises like last year´s mistakes (Miller admitted there were mistakes) involving DHS grant money. Yet now we are once again caught offguard with a secret recording of a grievance hearing and no clear policy from PSTA on the matter

5. Working Relationship with the PSTA Board (As a Governing Body)

Rating for this category on a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:  3

COMMENTS:  When discussing policy options, we are given some of the information,
but often not all the information. Example: the continuing purchase of hybrid electric diesel buses, when in fact many cities (including NYC) abandoned this approach already when diesel prices were high.

6. Working Relationship with Individual PSTA Board Members
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:   3

COMMENTS: None

7. Financial Resource Management
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:   2

COMMENTS:  The disclosure that 4+ routes, with an annual expenditure of roughly
$1,000,000 TAX DOLLARS a year, has gone on for over 20 years is quite troubling...blaming previous boards inaction is not acceptable because management* should have been pounding the drum reminding them, constantly, about the dearth of customers and the expense.
(* it's acknowledged that Mr. Miller was not the CEO during all this time)

8. Human Resource Management
Rating for this category on a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:   3

COMMENTS: None

9. Community Leadership & Relations
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:   3

COMMENTS:  None

10. Project Management
Rating for this category is a scale of 1 (worse) to 5 (best).   SCORE:   3

COMMENTS: PSTA flubbed the bus advertising contract, which now has to be rebid plus what appears to be excessive “management by crisis” bailiwick.

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