Ex-city official to head probe of Red Cross

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“`Survivor’ means you’re able to stay and I did,” he said. Now 75, McIntyre is applying his tenacity to head up a group that is assessing the management at the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Critics have accused chapter CEO Angie Turner and the board of mismanagement and the allegations have hurt the Red Cross’ image in the community, officials said. According to Turner, she and her two supervisors – board Chairman Michael Zoeller and Pat Hofmaster, executive director of the Pacific Service Area of the Red Cross – decided to form an independent committee of community leaders to investigate the allegations. The process will show there are no serious problems and stem negative media reports, Zoeller said. McIntyre was appointed chairman of the 12-person panel, which is spending a month reviewing the allegations before making a recommendation to the board. He had final approval for selecting each member and says the investigation will be independent and unbiased. PASADENA – When the staff celebrated Don McIntyre’s 15-year anniversary as Pasadena’s city manager, they gave him a jar of shredded money in honor of his tight-fisted reputation and a police nightstick for his toughness. It was 1988 and for the previous two years a faction on the City Council – then known as the Board of City Directors – had pressured McIntyre to retire. The group included current Mayor Bill Bogaard and Rick Cole, now the city manager of Ventura. It was a time when City Hall needed a more collaborative form of leadership, Cole said. Despite the political opposition and criticism of his “old school” ways, McIntyre held onto his post until June 1990. Some have called McIntyre a “survivor,” and he doesn’t dispute the description. Those who know McIntyre, including some of his former political combatants, say they believe his leadership adds credibility to the assessment. “When it comes to character, I’ve always thought of him as an exemplary role model as a city manager,” said Cole. Cole said when he first joined the city’s elected leaders in 1983, he felt strongly that Pasadena needed to move in a different direction. “To be fair to Don, he handled my skepticism and ambition to make change with superlative professionalism,” Cole said. “A lesser person would have lost his temper, would have been resentful and would have made my life difficult.” Bogaard credits McIntyre with laying the infrastructure that allows Pasadena to thrive today. The early ’80s ranked as a highly controversial era in Pasadena politics, as leaders battled about things like the future of Old Pasadena, which was then a slum, he said. McIntyre always dealt with conflict in constructive ways, Bogaard said. “He didn’t lose his temper, never saw it,” Bogaard said. “But he had very strong views and did not give up easily.” Since leaving Pasadena in 1990, McIntyre has been president and CEO of the Central City Association and General Manager of the Orange County Sanitation District. He’s also served as a consultant for multiple public agencies. Regarding the Red Cross, McIntyre said he will be even-handed and fair. The objective is to be balanced, “otherwise we’re wasting everybody’s time,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img