Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lake Worth Chamber director leaving for job in Boca Raton

This is a loss, Beth Johnston brought a lot to our community. Click title for link to PBP article. What stands out is this quote from Ms. Stanton:

City Manager Susan Stanton said she is not surprised Johnston is leaving because Lake Worth politics can be so emotionally charged.

"Lake Worth is an extremely difficult town to bond with and to manage," Stanton said. "It's so polarized it tends to be kind of toxic."

Beth didn't leave because of a toxic atmosphere - she left to take advantage of a great opportunity. Is Stanton justifying the weakness identified in her evaluation? Isn't this just more barrier building - instead of an attempt to knock down some walls? Maybe she listens to the wrong group of people...hmmmm.  And Susan, what are you doing to make it better?