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Editor's Corner | Folo: Employee saved from layoff, outcome of public records requests

 

Last updated 7/24/2020 at 10:17am



The term “folo” is a bit of journalism jargon, and it just means a follow-up to an earlier story. We have several folos to share with readers.

Employee saved from layoff

After the emotional rollercoaster that was the July 7 City Council meeting, and supposed last day for four City employees, the Beacon has learned some things. Tom Rogers, the City’s planning supervisor who has worked at the City for nearly three decades, was one of the four employees slated to be laid off on July 9. (http://ow.ly/UBT150AGqCI)

However, his name popped up again on the July 14 City Council meeting agenda. His name appeared under the 7C’s Swim School easement presentation and Comcast franchise discussion. The Beacon reached out to Rogers, who said his job had been saved Thursday, July 9, after the City had apparently found enough funding to keep him on after Gina Hortillosa, the former public works director, had voluntarily resigned. It should be noted that she resigned last month and told the Beacon that her last day was June 19. Rogers is not represented by the AFSCME union that represents other City employees. He said the layoff for the three union employees did go through.

Records request fulfilled

In the Beacon’s July 10 story “Mill Creek staffers allegedly commuting from out of state while local positions face layoffs,” we shared that we had requested expense reports, daily calendars, travel itineraries, and other related records for Grace Lockett and Naomi Fay from the City on June 17. Lockett is the interim chief of staff, a new position; Fay is the interim city clerk, which fulfills records requests. Both worked with City Manager Michael Ciaravino earlier in their careers before any of them worked for the City of Mill Creek. Both have been teleworking from Ohio and New York, respectively. (http://ow.ly/QZ1W50AGqAZ)

The City fulfilled the Beacon’s requests on July 14. In one, a PDF of an electronic calendar for Lockett from January-June 20 was attached. In the other, a PDF of an electronic calendar for Fay from November 2019-June 20 was attached, along with two receipts for office equipment and supplies delivered to addresses in New York (she bought a computer monitor, a cable, and some printer ink for $170 and some change). There were multiple electronic calendar entries we were unable to read because they were cut off. Fay wrote that the City believed the records request was complete and closed. We thought readers would want to know the outcome of the public records request.

You can follow these stories and more on the Beacon’s website, millcreekbeacon.com, and its social media pages @millcreekbeacon.

 

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