Cathey questions city clerk hire

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:49 AM.

McGhee’s first day with the city was July 1, though she hadn’t yet signed an employment agreement or been given an official job description.

McGhee said that her knowledge of the role was based on the job ad she originally read and bits and pieces she picked up from city employees.

Castro said the confusion didn’t lend itself to someone excelling in a role without knowing the expectation of the position.

“I don’t think in a week and a half you can make that decision, especially when we haven’t given her a clear job description,” Castro told Cathey. “I’d be ready to walk out the door. We should be supportive. It starts with clear direction.”

Castro had also contacted some of McGhee’s former employers and reported that they’d spoken of personality conflicts at past jobs, but had spoken highly of her work ethic.

“She received many written recommendations,” said Castro, putting the blame on poor organization. “We should have documented our procedures. We don’t have that.”

Councilman Lanny Howell agreed that 10 days was not enough time to evaluate if someone could do the job or not, but admitted to having concerns.

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