Conservation Alabama releases results of ‘Citizen Evaluation of ADEM’

For more information, contact:
Adam Snyder (205) 533-6178

For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2008

More than 100 individuals participated in an online evaluation of Alabama Department of Environmental Management Director Onis “Trey” Glenn III and the agency he runs, and the results are striking.

Overall, just less than 88 percent of those surveyed in the “Citizen Evaluation of ADEM” said Director Glenn’s performance has been “unsatisfactory” or “needs improvement.” Some themes that came from the survey include:

– Glenn and ADEM need to be more responsive to citizens (public records, public participation, complaints, etc.).
– Glenn and ADEM need to make effective compliance/enforcement their top priority
– Glenn needs to be mindful of public perceptions of relationships with regulated parties (perceived unethical conduct)
– The plane purchase was a mistake and reflects poor judgment
– Agency funding needs to increase
– Low employee morale

“This evaluation is a reflection of the views of average citizens across the state,” said Adam Snyder, executive director of Conservation Alabama, the host of the online survey. “While it is the role of the Environmental Management Commission to evaluate the director, it is our hope the Commission will take these citizen comments into account.”

From January 9 through 25, Conservation Alabama hosted the online survey through a service called Survey Monkey. The survey was slightly modified from the evaluation form the Commission adopted for their evaluation of the director on December 14. It also allowed only one participant per IP address.

Conservation Alabama has submitted the results of the survey to the Commission for their review.

February 1 marks the three year anniversary of Director Glenn’s first day at ADEM.