• HR Director: Ron ‘’barely had working knowledge of his own band” let alone the Church


    A letter to St. Martin’s Press from Malcolm Chisholm, Director of Human Resources, Golden Era Productions
    Malcolm Chisholm
      Malcolm Chisholm  
     

    I understand that you are planning to publish a book by one of my former staff, Ron Miscavige. Knowing the character of this individual, I feel compelled to warn you as you do not have the benefit of working with him over time to know his true intentions and level of dishonesty. As he attempted to do to us, he is going to bring nothing but trouble to your publishing house.

    I have been the head of Human Resources at Golden Era Productions for the last decade and as such have the responsibility of ensuring that my staff are well placed, are trained for their functions, are serviced by efficient communication lines and any inequities are dealt with.

    Although he [Ron] held a most junior position in our organization, out of deep respect for his son and ecclesiastical leader of our Church, special care was taken from my department to ensure that he was well cared for.  

    Ron was a member of our organization for 25 years. He was a trumpet player in our band and a composer. Although he held a most junior position in our organization, out of deep respect for his son and ecclesiastical leader of our Church, special care was taken from my department to ensure that he was well cared for.

    He had his own scoring room and magnificent music facilities, he was given special training, he was afforded a reduced production schedule and we kept a special eye out to ensure that he was treated very fairly. All of his worldly concerns were more than cared for, so that he could dedicate his attention to forward our religious activities.

    The most notable thing about Ron, however, is that he would never reciprocate in kind or produce. I remember going to see him as he was supposed to be producing music scores and week after week he would turn in his production reports and he had not produced anything. When I saw him he was complaining bitterly that he could not write “modern music” and that was the problem. So we arranged all sorts of training and his department director spent a lot of time with him to get him up to speed. But he still produced nothing of value for our films and videos and so was down to the level of writing simple walk-up music for local Church events. This was not a priority for the music department but it was something he said that he could do and contribute. Yet he completed none of this music either and nothing could be sent out to these local Churches for their use. There are many such examples but he demonstrably was a vampire personality that received and gave nothing in return.

    But more than being unproductive, he was a distraction to his fellow musicians who were working to create music. We have numerous Ethics complaints on file leveled at him by other members of his band and other staff within the organization. I have had my staff work with him to improve his relations with others and contribute to overall production but to no avail. While he has complained bitterly of others, there has been no investigation that has found him being wronged and many investigations and Ecclesiastical Justice proceedings that have found him guilty of causing harm to others and dereliction of duty.

    He asserts that he has some sort of working knowledge of Church strategy and international management. He has no such credential and barely had working knowledge of his own band. Over the years, Ron progressively became more individuated and more out of touch with his department. He participated less and less in group activities within Golden Era Productions and had absolutely no knowledge of the workings of management or Church strategy beyond what he saw at Church events. When offered positions of greater responsibility even within the Music Department he has refused and his activity as a staff member consisted of him being in a room pretending to compose music and playing his trumpet poorly at local 4th of July celebrations.

    He held the lowest position of responsibility on our organization chart and was privy to nothing he claims to have been.  

    In summary, from my position I am informing you that Ron Miscavige cannot be trusted, his word means nothing, his contribution at Golden Era Productions has been negative while at the same time he has been treated with nothing but dignity, fairness and kindness. He held the lowest position of responsibility on our organization chart and was privy to nothing he claims to have been.

    Best,

    Malcolm Chisholm
    Director of Human Resources