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Monday, July 28, 2014

Board could rehire Patti Rogers

Letter to the Editor

To the Nashua Board of Aldermen:

After Tuesday night’s meeting many people in the community were very concerned (and we were all in agreement) that the discussion that was taking place around the horseshoe fell under personnel and should have gone into non-public session to discuss. Signing a wavier is fine, airing dirty laundry is fine, but what happened between Patti Rogers and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is really inappropriate for the board to be in the middle of this mess. If Ms. Rogers wants to come in and discuss the situation publicly on her own accord, then that is a different matter. This board can cross a fine line (and for future boards) if you take a position to help this one city employee in this personnel matter, you could be expected to help all in City Hall, and that is not what your elected duties entail. ...

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To the Nashua Board of Aldermen:

After Tuesday night’s meeting many people in the community were very concerned (and we were all in agreement) that the discussion that was taking place around the horseshoe fell under personnel and should have gone into non-public session to discuss. Signing a wavier is fine, airing dirty laundry is fine, but what happened between Patti Rogers and Mayor Donnalee Lozeau is really inappropriate for the board to be in the middle of this mess. If Ms. Rogers wants to come in and discuss the situation publicly on her own accord, then that is a different matter. This board can cross a fine line (and for future boards) if you take a position to help this one city employee in this personnel matter, you could be expected to help all in City Hall, and that is not what your elected duties entail.

That being said, there is a line item in the budget for a part-time Legislative Transcription Specialist at $27,032 part-time and, I believe, no benefits. If this is not a filled position you might want to consider Ms. Rogers and change the name of the line item to Aldermanic Citizen Assistant. She can take calls from aldermen and constituents and still help to resolve any issues that they have. It is $21,318.00 less than she was making, but it keeps Ms. Rogers in City Hall and, if it works, then alderman can figure out another solution with the salary and benefits in the future.

Paula Johnson

Nashua