Museum infighting bad for all

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum aims to preserve the past, but the past two years are ones that the museum might like to forget.
Apr 19, 2013

 

That timetable marks the tenure of the museum’s executive director, Kenneth Pott, who was hired in April 2011 and is currently on administrative leave pending his removal from that position.

These tumultuous two years have been marred by infighting and acts of intimidation, according to a two-page letter put together by members of the museum’s board of directors and other concerned individuals.

The letter outlines 17 complaints directed at Pott — from his showing favoritism to some employees and using bullying tactics toward others, to his qualifications to serve in the position he holds.

Do we know for a fact that all of these concerns are legitimate? Of course not.

In defense of Pott, he seems to have faced an uphill battle from Day 1. He was hired to take charge of the museum, relocating his family here from St. Joseph to do so. But his methods and his ideas were almost immediately met with resistance from those who worked at the museum.

The squabbles between the old and the new guard reached a boiling point when Pott attempted to cancel the popular Feast of the Strawberry Moon in favor of “scholarly lectures by academics,” according to the letter.

We’ll never know exactly what happened behind the closed doors at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

What we do know is that the museum is a valuable commodity for our community. It’s a tremendous resource for young and old to learn about the rich history of our area.

Our hope is that the board of directors learns from these past two years. After all, they’re the ones who hired Pott in the first place.

Very soon, they’ll be responsible for hiring a new executive director. Let’s hope that this time it’s a better fit for all.

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Comments

westcoaster

Is this a newspaper or a gossip rag? The Historical Museum has been lifted to a higher standard under Ken Pott; where is the news about the improvements made? And as far as his qualifications.....have you checked them out? Mr Pott has a distinguished background and resume.
This editorial strikes me as "insider" "in my back pocket" (dare I say?) "news". Your staff should be ashamed of themselves for such unfounded scathing reporting.

 

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