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Comments for: Rockland councilor wants probe of community development director’s departure

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah, let’s probe. good call…

  • Anonymous

    I hope that we learn the facts of this matter. Lovering is first rate and Rockland is the poorer for her dismissal. There must be more to this than meets the eye, so often the case with Harden.

  • Word on the Street is my way or the highway…………………

  • Anonymous

    Sweet severance package.
    When do I start working there, so I can plan
    When to quit working there?

  • Anonymous

    The public has a right to know why this money is being spent. She just earned my vote.

    • MidCoast Maineiac

      Earned your vote because of one singular issue?  That’s the American way I guess.  What about all the other baloney she pulls?  She is one of the most unprofessional public servants I have ever come across…

      • Anonymous

        True enough.

  • Anonymous

    When the county administrator left, front page news of her allegations against commissioners was reported in local papers. She left with an amazing severance pkg, although she was still in her probationary period.  It is amazing how local government has no problem with monetary rewards for leaving 

  • Anonymous

    The county had an administrator that left with a severance pkg, even though she was still in her probationary period.  Her grief with the commissioners was front pg news with the local papers. It appears that local government decides what when and how

  • Anonymous

    I am delighted that Councilor Dickerson has asked for an investigation.  Whether or not such review occurs behind closed doors, I fervently hope that its conclusion will be made public at least in the form of lessons learned, and measures taken to forestall their repetition.

    Last night (Monday), during the time reserved for public comment preceding the executive session of the Council, I asked the Council to review whatever may have gone wrong in the relationship between Ms. Lovering and the City in order to address publicly what the City should and will do to correct the problem.

    I also reviewed the four possible reasons I could imagine for such a major settlement that will, apparently, cost the tax-payers of Rockland something approaching $25,000–$21,666 as four months’ salary, plus $2,000 to offset the cost of her legal fees, plus health insurance premiums for four months.  Though other possibilities may exist, the four that I can construct are:

    1.  Ms. Lovering committed an offense for which she could be fired, and the City decided to buy off litigation that it might have faced in trying to dismiss her; or

    2. Ms. Lovering resigned, and the City wanted to reward her for her service over the little more than a year she has worked for Rockland; or

    3. Ms. Lovering brought a complaint to the City, whether or not unreasonable, and the City decided to buy her silence with the settlement, rather than risk greater loss in litigation; or

    4. The City was not able to provide a constructive place of employment, resulting in the improper dismissal of Ms. Lovering, and the City had to pay for the error by purchasing her compliance.

    None of these possibilities reflect well upon the City, a conclusion I can hardly imagine evaded the imagination of the members of the Council, or any others involved in the situation.

    I concluded my remarks last night by repeating my plea that the Council look into the matter carefully, and with transparency, publicize its conclusions, at least as can justify to the public the expenditure of funds that could have gone, I hope, to much better use, and constructively avoid repetition.

    If the Council does not follow through on what I see as its responsibility, I intend at a future opportunity for public comment to raise the points I did not make last night.

    Among these points, I would review each of the four possibilities I outlined last night to assess justification for such a large settlement.

    Particularly if her departure were not voluntary and initiated by her, I would raise the query of what  investigation was made of the performance of Ms. Lovering’s work by inquiring from those who had business with her.   From my first-hand experience (that extensively includes the REDAC, the successful Brownfields’ planning grant, the development of the Harbor Trail, and the evaluation of potential for mass transit),  I am aware of no one who had a complaint with the way she did her work.  To the contrary, I think those who worked with her either wholeheartedly endorsed her work, or must have stifled complaint.  If the latter, such failure to communicate should constructively inform a change in administrative procedures.

    Also constructively, I would ask the Council to address fully any question that might exist in the replacement of Ms. Lovering (or abolition of the position) about the definition of Community Development, to assure that our citizens and our community will benefit from badly-needed assessment and action focused on social justice and quality of life.

    I contribute these thoughts, perhaps prematurely, in my hope that the Council will see its responsibility to us, as its electorate, and as the citizens of Rockland, to move all of us forward to as positive a resolution as is possible of what I currently see as a very bad outcome.

    George B. Terrien

    • Anonymous

      I very much appreciate that you are following-up on this matter.

      Regardless of outcome,  the matter has made it clear that I want to place my vote for City Council with someone who, at minimum, has the least-vested interest in maintaining any sort of status quo. 

  • Anonymous

    He said that because it is a personnel matter, such a discussion with the manager would be done in a closed-door, executive session (b harden)…well that is just shocking!

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