STIRRING THE POT
The posts on this blog describe incidents that have occurred at Priority One Credit Union starting on January 1, 2007, the date Charles R. Wiggington, Sr. began his appointment as President and CEO of a then successful credit union and incidents which are currently ensuing and contributing to the credit union's decaying infrastructure.
Since the inception of this blog in January of this year, the President and some members of his staff and the Board of Directors have moved quickly to denounce our reports, labeling what we disclosure as lies and conjecture and threatening to "shut you down." One department participating in the President's campaign to stop us is Human Resources who is under direction of Senior Vice President, Rodger Smock.
With this in mind, does it at all seem peculiar that Charles R. Wiggington, Sr. has spent years violating Priority One's policies and state and federal laws without Human Resources ever interceding to try and stop behaviors that may soon place the credit union in a legally precarious position?
One has to ask, where was Human Resources when the President committed his assault against the former Director of Marketing and during the first six months in 2007, expelled her from her former office and reassigned her to a desk in the company's file room? Following a surge of complaints by employees that he move her back to the executive wing, he demoted her from Director to Marketing Coordinator and placed her under supervision of AVP, Aaron Cavazos, who had for years expressed his disdain for the Marketing Director.
Where was Human Resources during the years he sexually harassed a then Real Estate Loan Officer, frequently threatening to "whip your ass", "spank that ass", "give yo what you want" and "sop you up like gravy."
Where was Human Resources when the new Van Nuys Branch Manager, D. Centeno, discovered that employees of the branch were not adhering to state-mandated security procedures? The employees complained to their former Branch Manager, Sylvia Perez, who on January 1, 2007, was promoted to the post of AVP by President Wiggington. Mrs. Perez reacted by concocting fraudulent accusations against D. Centeno and using the fabricated excuses, terminated the Branch manager with the assistance of Human Resources' Director, Rodger Smock.
And what about former Business Development Representative ("BDR"), C. Freed, who was constantly subjected to harassment by President Wiggington and AVP's, Sylvia Perez and Liz Campos, and by Burbank Branch Manager, Linda Nisely? C. Freed sought help from Director, Rodger Smock, but the aged Director refused to document any of her complaints and in the end, used fraudulent accusations documented by Mrs. Perez and President Wiggington, to terminate the BDR.
In a forthcoming post, we will describe two incidents in which employees filed complaints against the former Director of Lending and were immediately afterwards retaliated against by the Director and forced to endure a hostile working environment. In both cases, the employees visited Human Resources and reported the abuses to Rodger Smock. The Director never documented either complaint, never initiated investigations and in the end, ignored each employee's concerns.
Mr. Smock never considered that his decision to don an apathetic attitude and squash the complaints by not responding to either grievant, might become public. Mr. Smock has proven to be an ineffective director, allowing the President and preferred managers to violate credit union policies and state and federal laws, why seeking to stringently enforce policies violated by staff members who are disliked and targeted for termination by the President. It is a fact, President Wiggington could never have carried out scurrilous campaigns against certain staff members had Rodger Smock not willingly allowed him to do so. It is also Mr. Smock who has consistently allowed the President to divulge highly confidential information about current and past employees, including disclosing why he terminated certain staff and making inflammatory statements about the characters and physical appearances of employees he disliked.
Under Rodger Smock, Human Resources has become the means by which President Wiggington and his cronies are able to abuse employees without fear of ever being cited by the deplorable Senior Vice President. Since Charles R. Wiggington, Sr. was appointed President, gossip, the maligning of employee reputations, and conflicts amongst staff members have become commonplace and part of what was once a healthy and wonderful working environment. In fact, there was probably a lot less intrigue in the court of Louis XVI.