Usually a problem is discussed and then an improvement plan is put in place. If he was let go without this process then that is very poor personnel work and PR work for LB State.
A lot has been said in this string, and there are some facts and some fiction. There are a few of us who know a "little" more about the facts, but as stated by many, this is a Human Resource issue, and as such there will not be any details coming out.
I have known Dan for 40 years or more and have had a number of conversations with him over the last few days. I was also part of interviewing teams that interview both Andy and Sean when they were hired. And I have had conversations with both of them since this came down.
A couple of us who know a little more about the facts were Ombudsmen/Employee Advocates. Me with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, and another individual who was with the City of Long Beach for many years. Our jobs when things such as a contested firing of an employee came up was to gather the facts from both sides of the issue (management and employee}, evaluate the situation, propose resolution criteria, and then report back to management and the employee. Many times we would come up with and alternative to termination. In these cases, both management and the employee would enter into an agreement on the terms of employment going forward, and the employee would be put on PROBATION status going forward. If over time, the employee met all of the agreed to terms, after a period of time the PROBATION status would be removed and the employee would continue his or her employment as a regular employee. If the employee violated the terms of the agreement during the probation period, the employee would be terminated at that time with no further options for appeal.
Both of us who have had Ombudsmen assignments in the past feel that something like I have outlined above should have taken place in the Dan Smith situation, since he had been such a long term employee. Unfortunately this did not happen, or has not happened to this point!
Long time Long Beach State public address announcer and alum Dan Smith was let go by the new kid in town, Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Relations Sean Ferrera this past Monday.
Dan was been involved with LBSU Athletics for more than 35 years. He was a member of the LBSU marching band, the Big Brown Music Machine. He also worked in the sports information department. Dan's resume as PA announcer probably is more than three pages long as he has announced all 49er athletic home events including football. Dan has been the voice of the Big West Conference basketball tournaments, NCAA West Regional First & Second Rounds (Long Beach Arena), NCAA West Regional (Honda Center), Wooden Classic and many more events.
It's pretty said that when we get new folks hired into the athletic department and university administration and try to change tradition such our nickname 49ers and mascot Prospector Pete or try to bring in their ideas so they can put it on their resume and then leave for higher pastures.
Sean Ferrera is a coward along with the two Santa Barbara idiots Jane Conoley and Andy Fee. LBSU alumni stop your donations until these three clowns leave.