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March 7, 2012

News and Tribune letters: March 7, 2012

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Former New Albany employee upset over process

I would like to comment on an article featuring information from New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan in the News And Tribune dated Feb. 22, 2012, in reference to three new hires by the city.

I was reading this article and had to stop so I could put my high-top boots on. First, let me say that I am not mad about being terminated. I am a little upset because I was lied to by Mr. Gahan. He informed me that the reason for the termination was that the outgoing mayor, Doug England, had stated to him that I was not needed in a supervisory position over flood control. I checked with Mr. England and he said that was not true, that he did not say that.

Mr. Gahan stated that the transition team said that Christopher Gardner was a very qualified candidate. He supposedly has a lot of navigation experience along the Ohio River. He is in his early 20s. How much experience of anything can he have at that age? How much supervisory experience can he have? What does navigation have to do with a supervisory position over flood control?

If it is a factor, I have at least 30 years of navigation experience. I have eight years as flood control supervisor, not four years as Mr. Gahan stated, and I have 15 years supervisory experience in civil service.

It is my opinion that the mayor’s transition team is a joke. They had no idea what to ask me. All they asked was how much I made and how many employees I supervised. I spoke to a couple of members of the mayor’s other transition teams and they said they were just used as fall guys to get the blame if the candidate chosen didn’t work out.

What really bothers me is the city is pushing to hire veterans and I am a veteran with service connected disabilities received during the Vietnam War. I informed you of this and you turned a deaf ear.

Hiring your future son-in-law would seem to be nepotism. Did you have a team scrutinize him as closely as you did others?

The bottom line is that you lied to me and I cannot have faith in you and you will never be a mayor that will truly represent the people of this city.

Enjoy your next three years and 10 months Mr. Mayor.

— Ron Grangier, New Albany

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