Another leader is out: Dorchester’s Diaz terminated from Rec & Parks

Posted 4/13/22

CAMBRIDGE — The director of the Department of Recreation & Parks has joined a long list of Dorchester County government leaders who have left their jobs in the past three years. Mike Diaz …

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Another leader is out: Dorchester’s Diaz terminated from Rec & Parks

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CAMBRIDGE — The director of the Department of Recreation & Parks has joined a long list of Dorchester County government leaders who have left their jobs in the past three years. Mike Diaz confirmed that he was terminated on Wednesday, from the post he had occupied since April of 2021.

He did not offer additional comment for publication on Wednesday. Acting County Manager Donna Lane also confirmed the move, writing in an email responding to questions from the Banner, including who voted for the termination, saying, “I can confirm that Mr. Diaz is no longer employed by the County.”

Council members did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Diaz is also a member of the Dorchester County Board of Education, having won election to that group in December of 2020.

Most departures from county leadership positions have been the result of resignations – but not all. The first took place at the current County Council’s initial meeting, on Dec. 18, 2018, when by a vote of 3-2, then-County Manager Jeremy Goldman was fired.

In January of 2019, the county had vacancies at the helms of Plan­ning and Zoning and Economic Development.

On Feb. 28, 2019, Airport Man­ager Amber Hulsey resigned, to be replaced by Meighan K. Chisholm Sr., who was returning for a sec­ond time in the post. Mr. Chisholm later stepped down once again.

Mr. Goldman’s replacement as county manager was Keith Adkins, whose last day on the job was Dec. 21, 2020. He had taken over in De­cember of 2018. Ms. Lane has filled in as acting county manager since then.

In February of 2019, Emergency Medical Services Director Anna Si­erra resigned, as did EMS Supervi­sor Andy Robinson.

In March 2019, Kathy Jo Mar­vel resigned, as did Lt. Michael Dempsey, Special Operations Chief Greg Fries and Lt. Dan Elbing of Emergency Medical Services.

An Emergency Medical Services manager who had been on the job for one week quit on Jan. 14, 2021.

On Feb. 2, 2021, the council accepted the resignation of Frank Stout, who had led Recreation & Parks.

In a council meeting in March of 2021, during which departures were dis­cussed, Member Lenny Pfeffer (Dis­trict 4) was asked by a member of the public if the resignations were concerning. Mr. Pfeffer said while the situation was concerning, “I know a couple who resigned and who have nothing to do with pol­itics.”

On March 4, 2021, Department of Emergency Services Planner Steve Garvin stepped down.

Tourism Director Amanda Fen­stermaker resigned, with her last day on the job being July 15, 2021.

On Aug. 25, 2021, Detention Center Director Joseph Hughes resigned his position. On Sept. 1, the Banner learned that Vicki Simmons had stepped down from her job in the Finance Office. Ms. Simmons had more than 30 years of experience.