Was it a facade?
According to documents obtained under an open-records request, the council gave Culbreth-Graft an overall rating of 2.12 on a three-point scale, representing 71 percent of the highest possible grade.
Using a traditional grading scale, which is up for debate and included below, Culbreth-Graft received a “C-” for her 2009 job performance.
Culbreth-Graft had a two-pronged performance evaluation.
The first one includes five objectives: city services, sustainable growth, economic vitality, quality of life, and civic engagement.
Culbreth-Graft received the highest rating – 2.31 – under the “city services” objective.
Culbreth-Graft, who kept a relatively low profile since moving to the city more than two years ago, received the lowest rating – 1.94 – under the “civic engagement” objective.
The other part of her performance evaluation included three performance factors: leadership, learning and organization, and organizational and individual accountability, including responsiveness.
She got the highest rating — 2.13 — for organizational and individual accountability, including responsiveness.
She got the lowest rating — 1.88 — for leadership.
Vice Mayor Larry Small said this week that Culbreth-Graft gave no indication during her performance review that she was on her way out. He said everyone left the two-hour evaluation in good spirits and that he saw Culbreth-Graft on TV that night and that she appeared to be “in a good frame of mind.”
But four days later, Culbreth-Graft called Small about an hour before the city issued a news release to personally break the news about her resignation.
“She just felt that she’s been working hard and long. She’s developing some health issues that aren’t good for a lady of her age. She’s just working herself into a hospital, and that’s not good for anybody,” Small said.
“I think that’s her own personal commitment and dedication to the job,” he added. “Other people might not have put themselves through that. They would have just said, ‘Well, I’ll just do what I can.’ But she’s really gone above and beyond.”