By Selwyn Harris
Pahrump Town Manager Bill Kohbarger’s progress report was the topic of discussion on Tuesday evening.
Board members reviewed the semi-annual report per the manager’s contract.
Board member Dr. Tom Waters said he saw a vast improvement since the last report the board reviewed.
“I feel very comfortable with it. The annual evaluation is going to be due in June or July of 2013 and that will give the new town board members a chance to evaluate him at least for six months before they do anything. I know Mr. Bob Adams knows Mr. Kohbarger quite well; he wasn’t able to do the evaluation and probably shouldn’t participate in this one,” he said.
Board members were required to respond to a series of questions on several areas of Kohbarger’s performance.
The questionnaire covered the town manager’s management skills, leadership, planning, and other areas.
The board was required to rate Kohbarger’s performance on a scale of one to five with five being the highest score.
Board member Harley Kulkin said he thought Kohbarger’s work ethic was above average.
He said Kohbarger’s average score on various areas was over our expectations.
“Three actually means all you do is what is expected of you and no more, no less. He did far better than that and exceeded the board’s expectations.
Town Board Chair Vicky Parker provided the highest scores for Kohbarger followed by Dr. Tom Waters, and Kulkin, who scored Kohbarger’s progress report mostly with fours and fives.
Board member Mike Darby was not as liberal.
Darby provided Kohbarger with a majority of threes and just a handful of fours as he explained his scoring process to the board.
“Once again, I see my scores were the lowest and it is really amazing that that is the way it turned out. What is really amazing is if anybody were to ask somebody to evaluate themselves, would you think that they would be their own worst critic? That is exactly what happened. I called Mr. Kohbarger and asked him to meet me for a beer. I handed him my evaluation and said fill this out.
“We sat down together and talked about it. The scores that were there were agreed upon mutually by the two of us,” Darby said.
Though board member Bob Adams did not take part in the evaluation process, he did provide his thoughts on Kohbarger from the position as a former advisory board member.
“I have seen everything right in line and I see a positive evolution with Mr. Kohbarger’s proficiency. It has gotten better. There were some complaints initially and I concurred with some of them but I feel the evaluation that has been posted is fair but not having participated in the evaluation, it probably is proper that I do abstain,” he said.
Parker, meanwhile, lent her thoughts on the town manager’s performance.
“The one criticism I have with Mr. Kohbarger and he knows what I’m going to say. For four years, I have asked for a five-year strategic plan and I have been told that it is in progress. Apparently, it takes longer than four years to put together a plan. At this point I don’t know whether it is important for the new board to insist on it or not because we may not have five more years of town government.
“I will say that town staff; Chief Lewis, Matt Luis, and Mr. Sullivan have their own long range plans. Maybe it is just a matter of putting them all together or conveying to the board what your plans are because we don’t always know although I do know you have long range plans. It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Kohbarger. He is polite, he is responsive, and he has done a great job in keeping me personally and the board out of trouble,” she said.
Following a brief discussion board members voted unanimously to approve Kohbarger’s progress report.
Earlier this year, the town board gave Kohbarger a vote of confidence by agreeing to offer the town manager a three-year contract effective July 1.
Board member Mike Darby was the sole dissenter.