Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mayor Bowers Disturbed by Elimination of Secretary Position

Joyce Johnson, Mayor David Bowers’ secretary was told the position of secretary to the Mayor is being eliminated. She has until July 1st.  Johnson works for the City Clerk’s office. According to City Clerk, Stephanie Moon,  the Mayor’s work will be performed by other staff in the clerk’s office. Moon said a position had to be cut and the Mayor’s secretary position had the least impact.

Johnson will have an opportunity for other positions within the city and be placed in a pool with other applicants who’s positions have been eliminated.

Bowers when contacted said that he could not comment on any employee situation because there is a possibility of grievance complaints with EEOC and he may be called as a witness regarding age or race discrimination.

Bowers said, “I can’t imagine what the criteria could have been considered that might cause her to be let go … she has my abiding appreciation.”

“She has been a very loyal hardworking and dedicated public servant,” said Bowers.

Johnson said she “loved working for the last 3 mayors of the city of Roanoke.” She started in July of 1997 with Bowers’ first term as Mayor serving through the terms of Ralph Smith, Nelson Harris, and now  back to Mayor Bowers.

Elizabeth Watson in the City Clerks office said, “Joyce is devastated” but could not comment any further.

Mayor Bowers was clearly upset by the news.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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