Monday, April 4, 2011

Back to Square One

In regards to the FedEx Fiasco, Newtown Township solicitor Bruce Irvine admits in a shocking email that the township manager DOESN'T have the authority to discipline employees. The email, to township gadfly Regi Siberski, reads as follows:
Regi..at the last meeting I told you I would check the township ordinances
re.the power of the Manager to suspend an employee.I reviewed the ordinance
and you were correct and I was wrongThe Manager has the the power to
suspened a police officer but not other employees.About 11 years thye
ordinance was changed.Your memory was better than mine.Bruce

What is shocking about this email? Two things: That Irvine is big enough to admit his mistake. And 2, the grammar. (Give him a pass if he sent it from his phone.)

At the last meeting, Supervisor George "I've Looked Into It" Wood ham-handedly attempted to convince the other side that Jim Sheldrake had the authority to impose punishments on township employees. He doesn't, as I pointed out in Friday's column.

That leaves the township supervisors back with the responsibility to discipline township secretary Gwen Toyzer for her $900 misuse of the township's FedEx account. The board is split 2 to 2 on what to do. With supervisor Bob Slawter unable to attend meetings because of a very serious illness, a new board member may need to be appointed to break the tie.

Stay tuned.

4 Comments:

Blogger Dannytheman said...

Gil,
Is the woman suspended already? She is serving time off, as given by her supervisor, albeit incorrectly.
This just keeps on getting comical! When does Harpo play the piano?

April 4, 2011 at 8:36 AM 
Anonymous NewtownSquare said...

It's been more than a month and Gwen still hasn't been charged for stealing +$900 from the township. Compare that to the guy who was charged immediately for stealing a $24 bottle of cologne from CVS on March 16. I guess the cologne thief isn't one of Linda's business partners.

April 4, 2011 at 11:40 AM 
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April 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way to change this is to vote OUT the Houldin regime. Including the Chief of Police who was "Houldin" up this investigation. How could a seasoned Police Ofc not be able to "find" enough evidence to charge a woman that admitted to the offense and paid back the money?? amazing. He is part of the problem. If the Police did what they do to everyone else who commits a crime in Newtown Square, WE WOULD NOT BE DISCUSSING THIS. The Chief made this an issue by NOT investigating it completely. If he just charged her like he should have, this would already be old news As a tax paying resident I don't like having a Chief who is not willing to put justice and the will of the people first. Remember to all involved, YOU WORK FOR THE TAX PAYERS, we demand you carry yourself in honest, ethical manner. Playing politics will not cut the mustard anymore. See all of you at the Pol's in May

April 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM 

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