Mayor Drew stated he has “complete confidence” in the work his Human Resource Department does. How can you say that with a straight face!
• Michelle DiMauro: Job duties are the same or more than her male counterpart, but is paid three (3) pay grades lower. In the past year or less, Ms. DiMauro has received 124 emails on her work computer from Mayor Daniel T. Drew regarding donating to his failed gubernatorial campaign (I requested this information through FOIA). Is this a reason Drew has it out for her? Because she didn’t give him a donation?
Cut to now. The PD&C female employee transfers to a new position within the City workforce. Her vacancy is filled by a new male hire at three (3) pay steps higher than what she was hired at. What happened to you must start at Step 1?
Mayor Drew owes Wesleyan University. Perhaps after his political career is over he can continue teaching political courses for them like he did a year or so ago. Violating the City Charter is nothing new for Dan.
• Don’t forget the Mayor’s hire of non-qualified Planning, Conservation & Development Director Joseph Samolis. Samolis was Drews political aide in the Mayor’s office and not an employee. Joe started the PC&D job at maximum salary. The Mayor is now going to hire a Deputy Director for Joe, one with credentials’ he doesn’t possess. Word is out there that it will be a politically connected contributor. I’ve also heard this department wants to hire a Zoning Enforcement Officer who is not qualified for the position. Way to go Middletown. One of the most important departments being orchestrated by non-qualified people. Bring on the consultants please! They don’t contribute big money to Dan’s campaigns for nothing.
I understand that Mr. Samolis is in attendance during the interview process. He was in attendance when the City was looking for a PC&D director too, then decided he should be the next Director, and Dan obliged.
Now, Mayor Dan has asked his own nominee to voluntarily withdraw her name for this job. She declined to do so. Why did he make this request? Because he is appointing a male employee from Central Dispatch as the Deputy Director in her place. A candidate who has no supervisory experience, which the position requires, and been there for only a few years.
I smell another lawsuit coming on!