Last meeting, Joe Alger criticized nepotism during the public comment period at a County Board meeting.
He was back again Tuesday night to point out that the minutes said his comments had to do with hiring practices.
Alger said his comments were about “nepotism, not hiring practices.”
Woodstock’s Joe Tirio also spoke on the subject. Here’s what the Woodstock resident said:
“I’ve two issues to speak of today.
“First, I’ve come to voice my surprise and disgust at the recent Human Resource issues in the Clerk’s office.
“Specifically the hiring and effort to reclassify Ed Gil, the husband of our clerk, Mary McClellan.
“This is abhorrent in so many ways, starting with the fact that Ms McClellan either thinks its ok, or thinks that she will be able to take these actions without scrutiny.
“How could she even consider him for the role?
“I’m sure his skills are not truly unique.
“I recall hearing Mr Gottemoller saying that there is a limit as to what can be done based on current policy.
“I know many of you, and know you to be good people and proper public servants.
“Many of you have spoken publicly and/or taken action on the matter, and I thank you for that.
“For those that have not yet at least spoken publicly, I urge you to do so.
“We know right from wrong, even if it isn’t codified in law or policy.
“What she did was wrong, and if she didn’t know it then, she knows it now.
“I publicly call on Ms McClellan to re-post the job for public application and call on Ed Gil to resign his post as soon as a suitable replacement can be found.
“In the meantime, I think its important that the board use whatever means it has at its disposal to send a message to Ms McClellan and to the people of this county.
“That message should be, you won’t stand silent when members of government take advantage of their position for personal gain.
“Second, I’d like to address the practice of asking for the name and address of people who wish to make public comment.
“As it is not required and could cause one to feel intimidated, I am asking that the board consider rephrasing their approach to the matter.
“Perhaps you could instead ask, ‘Would you like to provide your name and address for the record?’
“Phrasing this as an optional request rather than a directive sets a more collegial tone and may make the process more approachable for those who might otherwise be dissuaded from participating.
“Do you have any questions regarding my comments?”