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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Musings from a former elected official!
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There is a City Ordinance on the books requiring non-union directors to live in Middletown. Over the past 2-3 years, that has not been an issue with the Common Council or the current Mayor.ReplyDelete
Both the Director of Human Resources and the Director of Human Relations live out of town, and not a single Councilperson has an issue with it.
How can you enforce this Ordinance on the Fire Chief position if it was not followed for these two directors?
Director of Human Relations is a union member and per the union contract not required to live in the city. I am not sure if the new position of Director of Human Resources is a union position or not. Will need to look at that.ReplyDelete
The Manager of Human Resources is a union position.
Both town hall directors are non-union.ReplyDelete
The above is the link to the portion of the Charter that addresses residency of non-union directors. Not all directors are required to live in town; only those listed. The Director of Human Resources is a new position as of 5/13 and the employee in the position has been grandfathered as to not having to live in town. Any new employee hired would have to live in town. That position replaced the prior Director of Personnel.
I attend most Common Council meetings, and knew they consolidated certain departments. What I am curious about is when did the Mayor and the Council appoint and approve the new Director of Human Resources? The Charter states: "Each Department shall have a department head who shall be known as director and who shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council." I may have missed that meeting. Was it prior to 5/13? I know it could not have been after that date, as I have seen all meetings since.ReplyDelete
As I result of the study done per instructions by Mayor Drew regarding consolidating and streamlining City Government, the Personnel Department no longer exists as the Parks Department no longer exists (part of Public Works now). The report has never been formally presented and accepted by the CC however.ReplyDelete
Why is the BOE posting a grants manager position as a school employee so they can get around the charter rule that its a city job. Unlike teacher jobs the state does not require certification for a grants manager so why are they being allowed to get away with it? Didn't the teamsters argue this and win it a few years ago?ReplyDelete
If the CC has not formally voted on the consolidation of departments, and the new positions which includes director of human resources was never appointed and approved, how does the position exist? How did the person holding the position get hired? Was the job advertised and interviews held? How have past directors of departments been hired? This is most confusing.ReplyDelete
If the Common Council has not adopted the reorganizations then they legally cannot exist! I do believe they did vote on the merger of Personnel and Legal to the land of titans called Office of the General Counsel. But, no employee can be anointed a "director" by virtue of the Mayor's fairy wand. Residency can be waived by waiving the Ordinance but the Charter requires ALL director's to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. That was not done. Someone at City Hall needs to dust off some Ordinances and the Charter. How about those new great Attorneys that were brought but a 3rd one is now needed because of why???? Saw the new budget has funding for outside legal counsel so perhaps its time to spend more money that was supposed to go away and get an opinion. What a joke this City has become.ReplyDelete
It's rather scary that there is in the works a Charter Revision Committee with a proposed budget of $25K to perhaps make changes to the charter. This is one way to cement the power more firmly into the hands of the majority and / or the Mayor.ReplyDelete
Really really scary in my mind.
The joke is that not a single Council person will publicly question what has transpired. Not one of them will dig into this issue or question the illegality of it. Sad state of affairs here in Middletown.ReplyDelete