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|Disagreement Over Abingdon Mayor's Public Works Superintendent Appointment
|FIRST REPORTED 6:00am 7/20/10 Not every member of the Abingdon City Council is ready to back the mayor's choice of who will be the next Public Works Superintendent.
Aldermen Monday night voted 5-2, with one member abstaining, to back the mayor's appointment of Greg Schisler, local plumber and Abingdon Fire Chief, to the position being vacated when Curt Links retires at the end of the month.
While Mayor Roger Stegall said the vote wasn't necessary because the appointment is at the pleasure of the mayor, Third Ward Alderman Cathy Lagnese said the personnel manual dictates otherwise.
"It states that we should advertise from outside," Lagnese said. "As far as I know, this has never been advertised, hard copy, outside of the city nor inside. It was verbally told to employees, but it was never physically posted."
"My understanding of this is that...that all works, as long as you're talking about the workforce of the city. This appointment is a management position, and this doesn't fall under that," Mayor Roger Stegall said. "That's what we've done ever since I have been in here, and I think that's what's been done before."
Lagnese also claimed that more credence should have been given to an alternate candidate who had a Class B public water supply operator permit as she says the manual states. Schisler says his plumbing license satisfies that.
Aldermen Monday night also approved a $50,000 study through Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck of the entire sewer system to identify how it can be fixed after years of heavy rains causing flooded basements.
|07 20 10 by Newsroom
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