The Roseland town hall is calm and quiet tonight -- for a change!
Only because the office has been shut down by the town clerk!
The town clerk claims a council member has been harassing town hall employees so she's appointed a former council member to take over!
A sign on the door explains the simple version that the office will be closed until April 9th.
Today Town Clerk-Treasurer Cheryl Gridley sent out this memo saying harassment by Councilman Ted Penn created a "hostile work environment" forcing her to put all town hall employees on vacation for the month of March.
Penn says he wasn’t harassing the staff but trying to get Gridley to do her work since she is never in the office.
“I'm trying to get her to do her job which under state law requires her to provide to me and Charley Shields what is our right to look at to manage the town,” says Penn.
The clerk also stated she would not be taking phone calls at home. Instead, former council member Dorothy Snyder will be in charge because the clerk appointed her as Chief Deputy.
“It’s a roundabout way to conduct town business,” says Councilman Charley Shields.
Penn says the council must approve any hires before they are made and voted down Dorothy Snyder in the past.
“She has the right to approve anybody but it has to be approved by the town council. We will not approve and we haven't we have already voted on it no!” says Penn.
According to the State Board of Accounts both actions are legal.
The clerk can close the office.
Office hours must only be set if the town has utilities.
The State Board of Accounts says the law reads as though the town council sets the number of people the clerk can hire but the clerk picks the person.
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