Proposed changes to nepotism policy in The Woodlands Township on hold for now
Before the entering the meaty portion of the Wednesday, Dec. 6, meeting of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, township officials removed one item up for consideration: proposed changed to the township’s nepotism policy.
The policy guides the township’s human resources staff in matters pertaining to the hiring of relatives of current employees, and it also details how supervision of a relative would be dealt with in within township departments or branches.
After removing the proposed item from the agenda, Erik Secrest – president of The Woodlands Professional Firefighters Association – spoke to the Board of Directors and expressed his disagreement with the proposed policy.
“We’ve never had a problem with this (nepotism),” Secrest told the board during the meeting, noting that at least 10 current employees of The Woodlands Fire Department are related to each other. “Please do not change this policy. (Hiring relatives) is commonplace in this industry (fire fighting).”
Nick Wolda, director of community relations for The Woodlands Township, said he didn’t know much about the proposed nepotism policy or if it would be re-introduced at a future meeting.
“It was tabled. I don’t know if the board will bring it back or not,” Wolda said. “I am not aware if it will be revisited unless a board member brings it back (onto an agenda).”
Wolda added that agenda items such as the proposed policy change are normally requested by individual board members, however he said he did not know which board member had requested the nepotism policy item.
Calls made to Gordy Bunch, chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, about the policy were not returned.