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Confusing reasoning about city manager

August 16, 2012
The Alpena News

Since my name was freely used by Ms. Johnson in her comments in the media about the City Manager recall movement, I'm trying to understand her view of the issue! Being a wife of a local elected Honorable Judge, who cannot be recalled, would feel as strong about him terminating one of his employees "with-out cause"! Since all his employees serve at his will period! They have no termination package on salary and wages.

Where the City Manager Position employment contract is required by State Law and is negotiated between the City and the proposed Manager. The City Council and the Manager approve it terms and both parties sign the agreement, a rule of law! One of those terms covers the termination "with-out cause", which then a separation section about wage and benefit amounts is agreed to. Reported in the media, that is six-months pay plus other stuff in Alpena's current case.

In both cases the Judge or City Council have a duty to perform under the terms of the law and what is best for their operations? Nothing personal Ms. Johnson, your reasoning is confusing to me and should be to the voters.

James D. Peltier




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