Chiefs Front-Office Chopping Continues

The destruction/remake of the Kansas City Chiefs has been going on since January of 2009. The vision of the Hunt Family, led by team chairman Clark Hunt has not yet been realized because long-time, loyal employees continue to lose their jobs for one reason – change for the sake of change.

On Wednesday, at least 11 employees were known to be fired by the club. That included the 29-year employee Brenda Sniezek who was the director of community relations. Also released was director of logistics Ken Blume, who has been with the organization for 25+ years. Joining them on the waiver wire was associate director of public relations Pete Moris, an employee since 1994.

Others who found themselves unemployed were: Evelyn Bray, accounting manager; Heather Coleman, stadium operations personnel director, Pam Johnson, administrative assistant-finance; Lisa Siebern, player development assistant; Tom Stephens, creative services manager and three members of the team’s sales department.

19 Responses to “Chiefs Front-Office Chopping Continues”

  • January 26, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Weird … another witch hunt? Or kicking those lazy oldtimers out of Arrowhead? Not sure tradition & loyalty will be as much a part of the NEW FRANCHISE as it used to be.
    May be one day it strikes back at those who introduced the new culture – Pioli & Donovan.

  • January 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    “kicking those lazy oldtimers”, just wondering how do you know? “Not sure…..loyalty…..part of the NEW FRANCHISE”, might be correct but sort of sad is true.

    Might be a case of Pioli wanting his own mark, start his own dynasty on just what it is to be part of the Chiefs. That is the way it is in business, ask NATE. Nothing personal just business.

  • January 26, 2011  - Rick says:

    Meh, it’s business, it happens. New management team gets put in place, they want their own people. These old timers may have been having trouble adjusting to the new direction of things.

  • January 26, 2011  - Jerry says:

    Does anyone know the real reason for the dismissals.

  • January 26, 2011  - Fan Since 93 says:

    I was under that impression that Pioli only had authority over the football not business side of the house. If so, this all has to do with Hunt and the team’s president not Pioli. Bob is my understanding correct?

  • January 26, 2011  - Michael says:

    Yes, wouldn’t Donavon be in charge of this kind of stuff?

  • January 27, 2011  - Mike says:

    While it’s unfortunate that people, probably very good people, lose their jobs, especially in this poor economic time, we know nothing about their work product. I doubt you truely do either, Bob. To simply say “change for the sake of change” is probably coming more from anger and/or bitterness and possibly a little negligent. Is it possible that these high level, large salary jobs are not needed anymore? Yes. My company and a lot of others, based on what I have read and heard over the past couple of years are cutting back. The Chiefs are a business and a business in the middle of a labor dispute. This happens. It is unfortunate, but it happens.

  • January 27, 2011  - RW says:

    It could be the current management is hunkering down, expecting a long and ugly labor dispute before the new CBA is agreed to by both sides? If so, could we see the return of the dreaded replacement players?

  • January 27, 2011  - Balco says:

    Professional teams, in all sports, will continue to cut overhead at every opportunity, that’s just good business (especially if there is a possible work stoppage looming). However, this is a disheartening move. The loyalty and years of service that those employees gave, like the past team President, were unceremoniously dismissed.

    The immediate need to run a lean organization outpaced the dignity the situation required. This is what happens when the CEO & owner is absentee. Being present requires the grace to make the best of difficult decisions.

    Good decisions on paper are always easy to make when you don’t have to look negative consequences in the face. Napalm is always a good idea when you’re not on the ground.

    The bottom line is that much more care should have been taken with people that had given so much of their lives to the organization. Situations like this occur in all types of organizations, the Kansas City Chiefs should’ve held themselves to a higher standard.

  • January 27, 2011  - Brett says:

    Arrowhead had one of the lowest attendances in the entire NFL this last year. I believe we came in 27th. That is why heads are rolling right now.

  • January 27, 2011  - Mark says:

    Inside Sources drying up, huh Bob?

  • January 27, 2011  - Balco says:

    “Inside Sources drying up, huh Bob?”


  • January 27, 2011  - Nate says:

    This is a Mark Donovan decision. I’m sure that it wasn’t done without Clark Hunt’s blessings. I have no comment pro or negative because like the rest of you I have no knowledge as to why this happened. Scott Pioli had little or nothing to do with this decision because it has been made very clear by Clark Hunt that Pioli has control over the football operation and Donovan has control over the administration operations.

  • January 27, 2011  - Nate says:

    Give it a rest el cid.

  • January 27, 2011  - Matt says:

    Maybe they, like the rest of the Chiefs, had been getting complacent. Who cares anyway? I want to read about football…

  • January 28, 2011  - Jonathan says:

    Bob, I like your articles but I’m really getting tired of your continued dissatsifaction about whenever the Chiefs are making organizational changes. If you are so unhappy then quit and go elsewhere. You need to let this bitterness go or else your opinions on this sight will be clouded. The Chiefs like so many organizations now are not going to let people be privy to decisions being made or information going out due to lot of events which have happened during this advanced age of technology which has invaded peoples’ privacy. Go out and get your information and do the grunt work otherwise you’ll just start sounding like Whitlock.

  • January 30, 2011  - TBA says:

    I know someone who works (currently works) for the Chiefs. She said it was a Donovan decision. Meeting with Donovan / Clark was held a week or two back notifying employees there was a work “reduction”.

  • January 30, 2011  - TBA says:

    Not to get confused with the “Work Stoppage”.. Guaranteed to come soon. Pioli has no say in what happens on the “Business” side of things. All “reductions” were made to the business side. There were also over 11 “Reductions”. 13-15 is what we’re looking at.

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