Boks is being roundly criticized for things I think he should not.
Part of Boks’ job is PR, hobnobbing, building relationships with partners, Council, City staff, and reporters, thereby raising LAAS’ profile. Being GM does not mean you spend every hour in the kennels. The Chief of Police does not spend every hour in precinct stations. We'd think he would be nuts to do so when he should be trying to create a consensus community, building a better command structure, better relationships with Council, or improving the IT capability of the department. It is up to the operations GM to be in constant contact with shelter management. This is Knaan's job now even if Boks was never there before.
Operations are not everything.Cheerleading the way to No-Kill is essential. I think public education regarding the realities of pet overpopulation and writing a pro-Ed, pro-LAAS blog certainly are valuable uses of his time. I do not think writing an 11 page Fact vs. Rumor self-defense post is a misuse of time, especially when your job is on the line. I do not feel defending yourself from any accusation is objectionable. I ought to know, I was writing almost daily rebuttals to attacks against Boks, LAAS and me.
I do not think having a Match.com account objectionable, but maybe denying having had one is. I do not think sending risqué emails or worse is objectionable in itself. I do not think writing sermons should be verboten; in fact, if you can do it, you must, it is a moral obligation.I do not agree that having newly named programs is only a semantic/marketing joke if they work better than before they had names. Of course it is objectionable if you say you have a program and it does not exist.I do think that using the words No-Kill in the same breathe as LAAS is objectionable, as it appears to be a very distant goal and a conceptual mirage the way things are going now.
Boks has provided no reason to have confidence that LAAS will ever be No-Kill; he has provided no success, no plan, no apology, no explanation of where we are, and he tells lies like having taken a Giant Leaps towards No-Kill when the euth rate is static.
Everything short of cannibalism is acceptable to me if real progress towards saving animals' lives is happening.
Bringing the kill rate down, bringing the disease rate down and hiring eight new vets is critical. That this is not happening is the only reason to criticize Boks. The only reason. That is his job, his contract, his commitment.
In fact, I think each month we should publish the euthanasia and live save raw numbers and the euth and live save rates as a constant measure of his success or lack thereof. We need to list any new vet hired each month. We should list what new kennels have come on line. We should ask for each month's first day kill numbers. And, we should continually demand a plan.