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To the editor:
My reaction to the article on the [Shallotte] planning director’s resignation was the more I read, the angrier I got.
How can supposedly educated people do such inappropriate things? Did the aldermen ask Mr. Sabiston to place an ad for the replacement of Mr. Rogers? If the answer is no, and I believe it is, then there needs to be an ad placed for Mr. Sabiston’s job.
When did he take over running the town? I was always under the impression the aldermen made this type of decision, and it was made in executive session and then the employee was advised of this decision in executive session.
If he was not doing his job, and not based on “everybody has a different idea of what a planner should do,” then action should have been taken. I would have thought the town of Shallotte would have a written job description for the planning director, but apparently not. It is supposed to be what everybody thinks.
If Mr. Rogers was not doing his job, then why in the past 20 months has his salary been increased by $3,125? Normally, pay raises are not given to inept employees.
Also, I do not understand how “personnel information” can be made public. I may be incorrect, but it was my understanding it was against the law to release employee information.
If the board was not satisfied with what he was doing and “he and another employee were not working together,” again, this should have been handled in executive session and not in an article in The Brunswick Beacon, with the most astounding part being it came from the mayor.
I do not know Mr. Rogers, so this is not just about him. My question is: Who is properly handling the business of the town of Shallotte?
This is not directed at anyone on a personal level. It is addressed at how I believe the business of our town should not be handled, especially when it deals with employees.