2011-07-28 / Front Page

Board dismisses public works director

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Well, Gazette, as the eyes

Well, Gazette, as the eyes and ears of the community are you going to press harder for some facts? It's your obligation, you know.

Personnel matters are

Personnel matters are privileged information and not a matter of public record. This individual was appointed to the position,not elected. We're aware of our responsibilities. Thank you

In private industry the boss

In private industry the boss of the company, the personnel and H.R. departments are all privy to seemingly confidential info about all employees. Now, I submit, that in a government/public sector position the "boss" = taxpayers. Thus, personnel matters SHOULD be a matter of public record, lest we wind up like the city of Bell!! So, get on the stick and dig for the facts like you should, unless you're in the pockets of the supes and beholdin' to their interests. Citizens for Responsible Representation (CRR) is about to demand far more oppenness and transparency than has existed so far...

I believe that the reason for

I believe that the reason for dismassal should be shared. The action by our elected officials to fire another public official should pass the test of a lawsuit, or otherwise such action (the firing) should not have been made.

Unfortunately, sharing

Unfortunately, sharing personnel information can result in a lawsuit. Sadly, that means the public must trust that their elected officials are behaving in a trustworthy way, as they are the ones who hear the full circumstances behind closed doors.

At least the public should be

At least the public should be told if the firing is "personal" or related to unsatisfactory job performance. If unsatisfactory job performance then taxpayers have a right to know further details. After all, in a government/public job taxpayer = boss. So, let's have a few more facts here please.

When someone in an important

When someone in an important governmental position is summarily fired, we, the taxpaying public expect and deserve to understand the circumstances. It goes to competence of all concerned - the fired and those that hired. I think a head rolled once a few years ago when the paving of lower Ashworth Road was delayed into the rainy season and all heck broke loose due to mud and other problems. Never heard the full story on that one either. Shine a light on government ops to keep it all honest.

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