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Nisky Senior Center hire questioned

Board members pull sponsorship, resolution vote delayed

— “I know that the timing is bad, but I really now do not want to bring it forth because I am not sure about it and when I am not sure people know that I will not pass something,” Kasper said. “I do think we need a little more discussion.”

McKinney said he and Kasper wasn’t involved in the decision making process and that was the reason Kasper was “upset” and wanted to lay the resolution aside. It appears Gallup will still be hired at a future meeting.

“I’m not so worried about the background as much … he seems to be okay,” said McKinney. “We need help. We lost a number of people down there.”

McKinney said Landry and Councilwoman Julie McDonnell have “the people in place that they wanted” and he is focused on looking forward and making sure the Senior Center operates effectively. In the past there was a scuffle between board members, along with the public, over hiring changes.

“I am looking forward to seeing improvements that Joe and Julie have planned to be implemented … right now, some people aren’t happy,” said McKinney. “Really, the seniors are going to tell us whether it is working.”

McKinney said Steenburgh is going to make sure fellow board members get information at the same time to avoid future hiccups in communication. Landry said on Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, more information was sent over to the co-chairs on the proposed hire and he is working on getting a resume sent.

“The two chairs want to look at it a little closer … It was just set aside for a little while to allow the chairs to get more information,” Landry said.

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