Here are the minutes from the city council meeting on 2-10-2009, this is when the city council voted to approve two positions to the NSP program. One position was given to the person that has been the object of discussion in the last 4 city council meetings, and still no straight answer.
09-058 Motion by Councilwoman Agius, seconded by Councilman Brown, that the City Council concurs with and approves the addition of two full-time employees, at entry-level pay of $25,000 plus benefits to administer the Community Development Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant funds, per Mayor Paletko, communication dated February 4, 2009. The Administrative portion of the grant funds are to be used to pay these employees and said employees will be terminated once the grant funds have been exhausted.
Motion unanimously adopted.
Source: City of Dearborn Heights website
On the application for employment for this same person;
Position applied for filled in by applicant (Clerk-Community Development.
The date of this application is 2-2-09, signed, and dated by the applicant.
Offer letter from Daniel S. Paletko (Mayor), and Elisabeth Sobota-Perry (Director) on February 25, 2009, reading from the letter.
The City of Dearborn Heights is pleased to offer you a job as a clerk-typist in the Community and Economic Development Neighborhood stabilization Program. As previously explained, this position is contingent upon the grant funds.
At this time we consider this a temporary full-time appointment. Under our Civil Service Rules & Regulations, you will need to be tested and interviewed for permanent placement.
This job offer will make you eligible to receive the following:
Salary: Annual gross starting salary of $25,000 paid in bi-weekly installments by direct deposit
Longevity Pay: 2% after five years of service
Pension: Defined benefit plan, in which you would be vested after five years of service
Fringe Benefits (for which you would be eligible after 90 day)
Health, dental, vision, prescription, life and disability insurance
Vacation and personal days
Krystina Kramarz and I look forward to introducing you to the staff on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 12 p.m. you can check in at Mayor’s office that afternoon.
Now I did read here that the above program (NSP) is at this time being run by Krystina Kramarz. When this person was hired by the Mayor to be put in someone else department, she was not the head of this program. Krystina Kramarz is the assistant to the Mayor, and she works out of the Mayor’s office. From the minutes of the city council meeting you will see that the Mayor is the one who asked to have these two positions created for this program, not the head of the program,nor the head of the department she was hired to. You will all so see that (said employees will be terminated once the grant funds have been exhausted.)
This person was hired to be paid from grant funds from the NSP Program only, from what I see she has yet to work a day in the NSP program, when did she do her testing?, who is paying for her salary at this time? If she was only to be paid from NSP funds, then why are we paying for her?
Myself, and many others, are wondering why our Mayor is (hell-bent) on keeping this person? What benefit to the city is there in keeping this person? This person was hired as a (clerk), to a specific department, they never worked a day in that poison, or that department. This person has since been moved to a different department/job, with full benefits why? I would like to know how many applications are on file in the Human Resource Department? Why the Mayor did not go to the many job applications there are to hire someone?
The Mayor did admit at the last city council meeting that this person was hired the wrong way when he said, that they would follow the appropriate procedure, what should have been followed. His words you can watch the council meeting, and hear it for yourself.
Corporate Counsel would like to say that they are following the rules, but if you look at the job offer given to this person it say’s they will still have to be tested. As of this day they have not done testing, and I say this because it has been asked by city council members, and the question never is answered which leaves me, and others to believe this person has never done the testing. I think the Mayor, and the (Mayor’s counsel) should look at the job offer that they gave this person. As for the creation of the new department to give this person that job at 50,000.00 no sorry 49,000.00 a year, if the Mayor did not make the suggestion to corporate counsel then I would ask who did, if a council member asked to have this department head job creation why? In what way would you think that this is appropriate solution, to spend more of our money. Why would you think that the Mayor needs someone to communicate for him?
To councilman Berry, I ask you, if you all agreed in close session to the creation of this (new department head position), why did you not bring the motion up for a vote at the time? The fact of the matter is just what councilwoman Badalow said the Mayor was trying to go around the city charter, and the voter’s of this city. This brings me back to the question, why? What does this person have to offer the city? She’s that important to the city that our Mayor feels he has to create a new department just to keep her? Her 6 months is up, and she has been moved to a different department, she should be starting a new 6 months temporary position, but what department was she in for the first 6 months? (she is to be paid from NSP funds only.) See job offer above.
Is this person going to be moved from place to place until the Mayor can finally get his way?