The Army Corps of Engineers has responded to statements attributing the impending closure of a few Lake Mendocino recreation sites to gross mismanagement, as it works on a plan to prevent full closure.
The accusations were made by an Army Corps employee who blamed the lake’s overseer, Mike Dillabough, and temporary manager, Derrick Dunlap, of purposefully leaving desperately-needed positions vacant and squandering money from the lake’s budget to fund projects serving Dillabough’s own interests.
The employee has been granted anonymity due to concerns about keeping his job and the contentious nature of his comments about his coworkers.
Dillabough confirmed that a total of seven full-time positions for Lake Mendocino are currently vacant or being filled by temporary or borrowed workers.
The open positions include the operation project manager for Lake Mendocino (temporarily being filled by Derrick Dunlap), the senior park ranger, two park rangers (now being borrowed from Lake Sonoma) and the office clerk.
Dillabough’s position, operations and readiness division chief, also needs replacing, he said, as he is leaving due to a medical condition.
The Army Corps is in the process of hiring a permanent operation project manager and plans to fill his position and the recently-vacated clerk position soon, he said.
Dillabough explained the shrunken staff to be a problem with the Army Corps’ Human Resources office, as a number of its employees have retired or quit. Concerning rangers, he agrees that Lake Mendocino could use more than four, saying 12 would be ideal.
“You could effectively argue that four rangers is not…
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