Thursday, May 14, 2009

Compromise Rejected To Keep Mayor’s Secretary – UPDATE

Mayor's Secretary, Joyce Johnson at Council Meeting

Mayor's Secretary, Joyce Johnson at Council Meeting

UPDATE: WHAT WAS THE COMPROMISE OFFER? Anyone curious on the compromise now has the answer. It was an offer to reduce Joyce Johnson’s workweek to 4 days (no Fridays) with a 20% reduction in salary keeping all benefits. The response from one Council member was to let her go ahead and sue.

Mayor David Bowers attempted a compromise in order to retain a secretary for the Mayor’s office. In this case it was Joyce Johnson who has served various Mayor’s over the last 12 years. Johnson will go into a pool of other applicants for other positions with the city.

Budget cuts have forced reductions in every department including the City Clerk’s office. The Mayor’s secretary position falls under the City Clerk, Stephanie Moon. Moon made the decision to eliminate the Mayor’s secretarial position as part of her department’s budget cut.

In a phone call, Bowers said, “How is it in a city of 100,000 people the clerk gets a secretary and the Mayor does not … how ridiculous is that?”

Bower said “it was petty, personal, and political. It is inconsiderate … a secretary is needed for the Mayor’s office whomever the mayor is … it is inconsiderate of Joyce Johnson who has been a devoted and professional public representative for three mayors over twelve years. The people know her, like her, and trust her. Most importantly it is inconsiderate of the people of Roanoke who want to have a Municipal government that’s responsive to them and they have that in Joyce Johnson and having a secretary for the Mayor’s office.”

Johnson had pleaded for the Mayor’s secretary position to be retained as did Mayor Bowers over the last month. A petition to keep the Mayor’s secretary position has been circulating since that time.

Statement to Council by Mayor’s Secretary – Mayor Bowers Makes Statement

Petition Circulates for Mayor’s Assistant

Mayor’s Secretary to Read Statement at Council Meeting Today

Mayor Bowers Disturbed by Elimination of Secretary Position

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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