Laid-off employees deserved much better | Letters | Feb. 11
February 11, 2011 · 10:16 AM
Is this actually happening on Bainbridge? Granted, laying someone off is not an easy job, but after 18 years of loyal service to give an employee only five minutes to gather up his belongings and then be escorted off city property?
This is the new civility?
One might treat a notorious troublemaker like that, someone you feared would trash the place, but would you have kept him on the payroll for 18 years?
I have known Chris St. Romain for years. He certainly is not a threat to the city.
While I can appreciate the city’s dire financial straits, whose fault is it? Certainly not Chris’ fault. He just saved the city $10,000.
It just doesn’t make good business sense to lay off senior employees who have received commendations for their work and who certainly have a wealth of knowledge that employees with less seniority might well lack.
The fact that this mismanaged action by the city threatens to open us up to yet another lawsuit is outrageous, something we can ill afford.
Reduction in force is not new, but other organizations manage to handle this painful process in a more humane fashion.
To begin with, the city should have given advance notice so one could start looking for a job, not just a brutal five-minute warning, with severance packages, etc.
What has happened to beautiful Bainbridge?
[Apparently] the City Council supports this style of operation of the interim city manager. We don’t.
As long-time Bainbridge Island residents, we want to extend a sincere apology to Chris St. Romain, Ray Navarette, Dave Nelson and anyone else treated in such a brutal fashion by the city.
Sonya Quitslund, Sheila Leewens, Becky Mitchell, Florrie Munat, Chris Noble, Joan Sandler, Norma Smith