Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Breaking News

December 8, 2011

Report: Concerns at COCAA

State rep talks pulling funding to spark changes

Shawnee, OK — The Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency is not in crisis, according to Vaughn Clark of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, but it isn’t thriving either.

Clark is the director of community development for the Department of Commerce and delivered that assessment Tuesday as part of a report that outlined several areas of concern including high turnover, low employee morale and a work environment marked by “paranoia” and “fear.”

COCAA is one of approximately 1,100 community action agencies nationwide that provide services for low-income residents. The agency covers six counties, including Payne, and locally sponsors home weatherization programs, food pantry and clothing voucher programs, Stillwater’s Mission of Hope and the Stillwater Community Health Center.

The Board of Directors includes two representatives from each county. Payne County’s representatives are Aaron Cole and County Commissioner Gloria Hesser. Both Cole and Hesser said they were limited in what they could discuss because of legal issues, but the board will release a public statement with possible changes included within the next 30 days.

“We all want community action to be successful. The motto is to give a helping hand up and not just a hand out,” Hesser said. “We the board are very interested, (are) charged with being sure that all the money is being used correctly and (goes to) the clients.”

COCAA is funded with a mix of private donations and state and federal grants. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, which is one of those funding agencies, brought in executive directors from four other community action agencies to assess COCAA’s management amid lawsuits filed by current and former employees.

The report shows that both the Department of Commerce and other funding sources had concerns about the agency’s management.

After interviewing a number of employees, the assessment team drafted a report that outlined its concerns and recommendations. The focus of the report was on a “lack of serious attention (given) to complaints (of employees)” and a “lack of follow-through (by management) to make needed, significant changes.”

Text Only
Breaking News
  • Tuesday afternoon PV Blaze Tuesday Afternoon Blaze in PV

                 

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breaking News: Walnut Street Blaze Walnut Street Blaze: PV Breaking News

             

    March 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • City tax election now called off

    Pauls Valley officials have voted to call off, at least for now, an election on a proposed half-cent sales tax to support the local hospital.

    October 31, 2013

  • A mission of honor

    It’s literally a mission from God for one Pennsylvania man as his long journey to honor a special group of people brought him to Pauls Valley earlier today.

    October 15, 2013

  • Hospital Tax Vote Delayed, Riddle Resigns

    Last night’s Pauls Valley City Council meeting was full of breaking developments for members of the governing body as well as Pauls Valley General Hospital as both Mayor Billy Riddle bowed out his post and a vote was approved to rescind a proposal for a sales tax.

    August 14, 2013

  • Floating along the Lazy River Water park opens for first time

    It was a scurry of activity the moments leading up to today’s official opening for the brand new water park at the Reynolds Recreation Center in Pauls Valley.

    July 30, 2013 2 Photos

  • Pool Work Finishing Up Pool opening delayed after inspection

    Area residents are no doubt chomping at the bit as they await a chance to line up for good times at Pauls Valley’s Aquatics Center, but as of Wednesday the latest news was that there will be at least one more delay.

    July 24, 2013 1 Photo

  • Chamber director to step down

    The director of Pauls Valley’s Chamber of Commerce has announced her intention to step down from the position this month.

    July 3, 2013

  • Body Found Body found in PV creek bed

    The shocking discovery of a dead body being discovered in a portion of Rush Creek in Pauls Valley came early this morning.

    May 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Crime is target of new program

    The Garvin County Sheriff’s Department is kicking off a brand new neighborhood watch program for homes and businesses throughout all rural areas of the county.

    May 9, 2013

Business Marquee

e-Edition
  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE E-EDITION SITE

     

    ATTENTION CURRENT DEMOCRAT SUBSCRIBERS TO START an e-EDITION

    e-mail request to sjohnson@pvdemocrat.com

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Stocks
Facebook