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Kingsley asks to revisit Inyo Film contract talks

January 23, 2013

Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley is hoping to revisit a recent discussion about the Inyo County Film Commissioner’s contract at a future meeting as he felt “inadequate and ineffective” in the initial debate. File photo

Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley said Tuesday that he is hoping to re-open discussions at the board’s next meeting about the contract for the position of Inyo County Film Commissioner.
Kingsley said he felt he had misunderstood the county’s rules for ratifying contracts while discussing the contract last week – and ultimately voting against giving Film Commissioner Chris Langley seven months’ back pay even though he was initially in favor of doing so.
Kingsley’s request on Tuesday followed the board’s ratification of two contracts on the meeting’s consent agenda, which allows the supervisors to approve several agenda items with one motion.
Following a lengthy discussion last week, the board voted to seek proposals for the film commission contract. At that meeting, Kingsley pointed out that Langley had been working out of contract for several months while county staff prepared a request for proposals for the contract. At that time, Kingsley made a motion to ratify a retroactive contract with Langley to ensure he was compensated for the work he accomplished out of contract.
After First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius told Kingsley that his motion would show a lack of support for County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio and undermine the authority of the previous Board of Supervisors, Kingsley amended his motion, suggesting a retroactive contract that would compensate Langley for his work this year, but not the entire time he was working out of contract. Langley’s contract expired in June 2012.
“There were two ratifications on that agenda (last week) and I may not have understood the ratification rules,” Kingsley said Wednesday by phone, adding that, during the initial discussion about Langley’s contract, he felt “inexperienced and ineffective.”
Kingsley said he would like to discuss the contract again at the next board meeting. “I am hoping to bring some other stuff to the table that wasn’t discussed before,” he said. “I’m hoping to revisit the issue. I’m gathering data to bring a good presentation to the board.”
Kingsley didn’t want to discuss what he was planning to bring to the board because he is still researching it. “I left there (last week) feeling I wasn’t very effective, and that’s why I want to bring it back,” he said.
The board’s next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the County Administrative Center in Independence. The meetings are open to the public.

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