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YC information director questions Dailey's behavior

PRESCOTT – Although she did not resign Friday, Yavapai College's Director of the Office of Public Information Sue Sammarco wrote President Doreen Dailey a letter stating that Sammarco will not have anything to do with what she alleged were Dailey's "lies and half-truths."

"I am not resigning," Sammarco wrote. "I believe that it is my role to continue the work I have started with the outstanding staff who are working with me to bring honest, clear communications to the good people of Yavapai College and to the citizens of Yavapai County.

"Yavapai College is not operating at its full capacity and has not for at least the past year," she wrote. "Crisis after crisis have diverted the attention of your direct reports who have striven to fulfill the tasks you have given them to protect you and the District Governing Board members. Enormous amounts of time, energy and money have been devoted to keeping you and the Board members in their respective positions."

Sammarco wrote that only one member of the Executive Leadership Team still stands by Dailey, and wrote that she could no longer "hold (her) personal integrity at bay."

Executive Leadership Team members Terry Bowmaster (vice president for finance and facilities), Neil Goodell (projects design manager), Bob Salmon (district provost and vice president for instruction) and Rose Hurley (director of human resources) have resigned in the past few weeks. The team comprises seven members.

During Thursday's press conference, Hurley said she had heard that Dailey hired someone to search her office when she was not there. While Dailey denied it, Sammarco said Friday, "I was present with Dr. Dailey when she had a discussion about people going into Executive Leadership Team members' offices with the intent of searching them."

"The next day," Sammarco said, "I refused to be involved in that and she said she would hire a private investigator."

Sammarco said she did not know whether Dailey had done so since then.

Friday afternoon, Dailey said, "I stand beside my earlier statement. Neither I nor the college has hired a private investigator."

"Lies and half-truths may be an acceptable ruse in your value system," Sammarco wrote, "however this is not the way that I choose to lead my life, to manage my staff, or to act as an Executive Leadership Team member of this college."

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