Q&A on Mammoth departures

– Press release from Town of Mammoth Lakes Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez:


Ray Jarvis

Ray Jarvis

Mammoth Lakes, California, July 5, 2013 – The Town announced today that Ray Jarvis, the Public Works & Transportation Director, and Johnny Goetz, the Assistant Building Official, are leaving the organization after August 2, 2013.

While these announcements are extremely challenging, operationally and emotionally for the organization, we are committed to moving on. As part of this transition, we will evaluate the causes of the recent employee departures. Anticipating questions concerning Ray’s and Johnny’s departures, we have attempted to provide answers below.

1. Why are Ray and Johnny leaving?

Ray is leaving for reasons that are both professional and personal. In his case, the new position in South Lake Tahoe is going to be more narrowly focused on public works. The personal and family benefits of the transition are a large part of the decision.

Johnny is going to the Town of Truckee, and his departure is a result of a positive career opportunity presented to him and his family. In Johnny’s case, the new career opportunity is a promotion.

2. Are these employees’ departures indicative of an organizational problem that should be addressed?

The cumulative effects on the organization of the challenges in the last five years are a factor in these departures, but not the leading factor. At the same time, the fiscal challenges that resulted in an organization that is over-stretched and overcharged have led employees to be more receptive to outside opportunities.

3. What is the Town’s transition plan?

Ray and Johnny are going to be working closely with the Town Manager and their colleagues to develop a transition plan that would include both the short term and long-term components. As part of that plan, individual responsibilities of both Ray’s and Johnny’s positions will be evaluated to determine if the current positions are best suited to provide the complex nature of their duties and assignments.


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16 Responses to Q&A on Mammoth departures

  1. Dan July 17, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    I have worked with Ray and Johnny for a few years, they are both easy to work with and have doena fantastic job representing the Town. Mammoth’s loss! Good Luck guys best to you and your families.

  2. Ken Warner July 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Leaving dis-incorporation to the T.C. mean it will never happen. And the town’s people are too apathetic to make it happen.

    Dis-incorporation is the most sensible action given the complete incompetence of the existing town government and the limited financial resources available to the County and town — keep insisting on tourism as our core industry. I’ve been saying so for a few years now. But it aint gonna happen.. People like the people on the T.C. don’t ever give up power and influence for the good of the people.

    Good thoughts though.

    • Some people are going to get hurt July 15, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      People will always find there way to our mountain town. Unfortunately as inflation continues to rise, and there are more people than good jobs who can afford living here, plus the built-in population increases year after year, sooner or later some people are going get hurt and some businesses are not going to make it.

      That leaves a floundering group of people who either have business interests themselves and/or have friends in those businesses calling the shots for everybody. And except for firemen and policemen the only credentials the power-brokers need are to get the most votes.

  3. WilliamB July 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    The abandonment has been going on for months. The general employees from HR, finance, etc., all the police officers, now these honorable employees. The town has lost probably close to a dozen great, honorable employees that have gotten tired of the nonstop stupidity of the town leaders and decision makers that continue to steer the sinking ship into deep waters. Good for those employees who were able to leave and work for competent city leaders or take early retirements. Nothing will ever change in Mammoth until these leaders are gone. Too bad for Mammoth Lakes. It’s very sad.

    • Jon Boyer July 11, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      That entire story can be summarized in one word: Bull.

      • A better idea July 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

        Seems like about time that the county take back over control of the town, for several reasons; the largest being consolidation of positions/roles (council members/supervisors) including administrator/administration, HR, public works, finance, IT, parks, etc. reduce TOT, possibly let BID work for the town/county.

        Town government is broken, either needs to be subcontracted out or absorbed by county.

        Town is broken, needs to be fixed, existing council/management can’t keep it going.

        This would take some work, but would minimize “town” costs… If council were “intelligent” and “cared” about their community they would be looking into this…

        • County would inherit the messes July 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

          Bad idea for the county.
          The county would then be liable for a $43 million lawsuit, the airport, …

          Since Gregory broke the town, Gregory should pay the damages.

  4. The 3 M's July 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Is this a joke. The first story was a week ago and the second on Friday of last week.
    Do the M’s have a clue (Marianna, Matthew, and Michael), fire all three of them. They are all in it for themselves and not our community. Good luck to the employees in their new positions, our loss and others will gain from it. More will follow their lead unless something is done at the top!

    • SkiJane July 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      So either run for TC or apply for Town Manager if you have all the answers and think you can run the show. Try cleaning up this mess Eastman and Wood created years ago – no easy task…

      • TooEasy July 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

        You dont run for TC anymore…you just get appointed…just ask mike and jo

      • a broken system July 11, 2013 at 5:32 am #

        I have always had a problem getting my head around the reality that the only requirements, degrees, experience, etc. a person must have to find themselves in power positions (town council) is that they received the most votes.
        And two of the power-brokers ran unopposed.
        And let’s be real – They all do what Gregory wants. Case in point, Gregory insisted the last Town Manager (who did a good job with the County) be fired –
        and now we have MMM whose only claim to fame is that she does a mean power-point presentation, talks the talk, and dazzles the council (especially Raimondo and Lehman, who worship her).

  5. TMR July 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    is what we really need. This is not it by a long shot.

    • TMR July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Transparency is what we really need.

  6. Big Rick OBrien July 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm #


  7. Dumbfounded July 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I beginning to think we’re on a rudderless ship and the smart ones aren’t going down with it.

    Castor oil would be easier to swallow than this damage control press release.

  8. MoMoney July 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    hMMM. I wonder why everyone is leaving? hMMM.


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