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Nashua aldermen call for control over citizen services director position

By JIM HADDADIN

Staff Writer

NASHUA – The Budget Review Committee voted Monday to shift the position of citizen services director out of the mayor’s office – a move that one city official said was aimed at retaining the employee who holds the job.

The current citizen services director, Patricia Rogers, was hired to serve on the mayor’s staff beginning in 2008. Rogers is the point person for residents who have concerns and complaints about city business. She was slated to earn a $49,779 salary in the position during the coming fiscal year. ...

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NASHUA – The Budget Review Committee voted Monday to shift the position of citizen services director out of the mayor’s office – a move that one city official said was aimed at retaining the employee who holds the job.

The current citizen services director, Patricia Rogers, was hired to serve on the mayor’s staff beginning in 2008. Rogers is the point person for residents who have concerns and complaints about city business. She was slated to earn a $49,779 salary in the position during the coming fiscal year.

While she currently serves under the direction of the mayor, that soon could change. The budget committee voted Monday to recommend moving her position under the direction of the Board of Aldermen.

While there was little discussion about the proposal Monday, Alderman-at-Large David Deane said Tuesday that he views Rogers as an asset to the community and feared she wouldn’t be asked to continue serving in her role by the mayor.

“It’s my understanding – through what I’ve heard through numerous sources – that the individual has been, you know, given some options. And I think with the interaction that we, as a board, have had and her ability to function in that position, the majority of us thought that she should remain in the position,” he said.

Deane raised the issue with Mayor Donnalee Lozeau during a budget meeting Monday, questioning her about her future plans for the citizen services director job.

Lozeau responded that the position isn’t going away, but she declined to discuss whether the job might be filled by a different person in the future, saying the matter is a personnel issue.

“I don’t know the answer to that, Alderman Deane, or what that person’s going to do, or what I’m going to do,” Lozeau said.

Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess proposed entering a non-public session to discuss the issue, but Lozeau declined.

“It doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the aldermen,” Lozeau said. “I wouldn’t talk about any position that had a personnel issue, necessarily, with the Board of Aldermen, nor would I meet with the Board of Aldermen in non-public session to talk about an employee that works for the aldermen.”

Ward 4 Alderman Pam Brown was the only member of the committee who voted against moving the position under the direction of the aldermen. Brown noted that the citizen services director works closely with the mayor because some issues must be escalated to the mayor’s attention.

Deane said Tuesday that his motion was an effort to retain a “stellar” employee and give the Board of Aldermen control over an increasingly important position for Nashua citizens.

“She works well with everyone,” he said of Rogers. “She’s well-respected. She’s very good at her job, as far as I’m concerned.”

Lozeau did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).