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City Fires Back On Suit

Says former human rights director has no case over time off

October 26, 2013

WHEELING — Theresa Garrett’s former position as executive director of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission put her on par with other city department heads, and thus she never was entitled to receive......

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wvhoopie2

Oct-27-13 11:32 AM

Notice how government employees at the city level think they should get the same pay and benefits at the worker in New York. Why did the city increase the wages of the city manager by 20% or better when he acted like he was leaving for a better job? This is why government employees think they cannot be replaced and should get all the benefits of the private sector. Most could not handle private sector jobs.

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skunky

Oct-26-13 3:33 PM

The point is that the city workers are supposed to be working for the people of the city not to profit themselves. How can they give tax payer money which was used for her job to a non-profit organization "Wheeling Health Right"? This seems to be wrong for some odd reason no one questions it. Are city workers voted or elected officials? if so then there is something known as "Abuse of Power" that needs to be considered in this matter. It is against West Virginia constitution.

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richardwhee

Oct-26-13 2:03 PM

Milk- Milk-Milk. Thats what some [Not All] Gov [Including city, county, State and Fed] Employees do during their employment years. This is human nature. If the system allows it, why not?. It,s the low life that wants to go public with their imagined problem. If the system and rules are wrong, Change them.

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Ragnar

Oct-26-13 11:11 AM

Goosegirl

We always hear about how taxpayers must pay a 3% annual wage increase (and pension increases, as well) to city employees or else they might leave for better jobs elsewhere.

WHERE WOULD THEY GO?

Where is a Wheeling firefighter going to go and get a better paying job? Most departments are volunteer and the paid departments are downsizing and are very hard to get into. Good luck with that.

Can Wheeling cops get hired elsewhere? Maybe. But so what? They can be easily replaced.

City laborers? Good luck finding comparable private sector work.

The City Manager? Would be lucky to be an assistant manager at McDonalds. That would be the career zenith for Herron if he actually got off the public teat.

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dyingov

Oct-26-13 11:01 AM

goosy, What would I need a cop, fireman or city water peeps for?

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EGIslander

Oct-26-13 10:41 AM

The judge should dismiss this lawsuit and stop this attempt to work the system. Her job was eliminated, so do as thousands of American's do on a daily basis-Move On! It is obvious that the "comp" time claim is baseless and city policy lays out her compensation. She reports to the City Manager and not the Chairman of the Human Rights Board. She should have confirmed the verbal as far as retirement eligibility. She obviously has nothing in writing.

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Hefner

Oct-26-13 10:26 AM

I suppose the city is concerned about setting a precedent, however, Herron, as usual,was unable to clearly articulate the mechanics of how the commission was to be reorganized, or eliminated, and if this should go to court I suspect Herron's whispered assurances to the plaintiff will be revealed. Herron, as carpenter's do, should have taken the measure of the consequences of what he was proposing twice, and made one clean cut.

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Gooseman

Oct-26-13 10:01 AM

"Why do people insist on supporting those who work for city government? Remember, most of those employees work for city government because they either could not get hired in the private sector or they could not match the wages/benefits/pension in the private sector."

You are an idiot. So most firefighters, law enforcement, public works employees of the city couldnt get jobs other places? With such hate, Im sure you would never call a cop, a firefighter or a public works employee if you needed one right? Or are you just that stupid that you actually believe what you wrote.

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Melvin

Oct-26-13 7:34 AM

Cherokee

You ask what is wrong with supporting someone who works for the government, not doing a good job, and trying to accomplish something.

Everything.

If you aren't doing a good job, why would you support someone?

The latest information is that she was not in a classification of employees that were eligible for comp time. Simple.

So what is next is she can disagree. However, having a title of executive director could make that difficult.

Yea, if she is due her (alleged) back pay, she should get it.

Odds are, she won't.

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CherokeeProud

Oct-26-13 3:02 AM

@Ragnar: If this lady is right and they owe her back money, she deserves to get it. Period! What is wrong with supporting someone that works for the Government if they are doing a good job, or not such a good job but are trying to accomplish something. If you work at a union job and you are terminated, you get all your back pay and etc.Find out the truth about the subject before you say she shouldn't have her money that is due.

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Ragnar

Oct-26-13 1:40 AM

Pathetic. Why doesn't this woman go away? Her "office" existed only to advance the cause of lowlifes who were looking for the next big score.

Angry people with a bone to pick would use that office to try and get themselves something for nothing.

Why do people insist on supporting those who work for city government? Remember, most of those employees work for city government because they either could not get hired in the private sector or they could not match the wages/benefits/pension in the private sector.

How many private sector offers has the former director received?

How many job offers would the sleazy city manager get if he wasn't living on the taxpayer dole?

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