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December 08, 2016
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Dr. David Sager terminated: why?

Liz Bucar

And for his part, legislator Alan Sorensen believes the legislative board is akin to a board of directors. “We need more information,” he said.

At the labor subcommittee meeting convened by legislator Gene Benson this week, “Employee exit interviews were discussed and hopefully, their use will be mandated….”

But, if the Sullivan County Legislature does not initiate an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dr. Sager’s termination, I hope you’ll join me at the 11:15 a.m. meeting of the June 6 Health and Family Services Committee.

Because, if a “hear-no-evil” view holds sway on the board, the public must weigh in.

• If the legislature rejects a reasonable standard of responsibility, how can it avert future costly lawsuits like the one brought against a former county clerk for sexual harassment?

• If the legislature’s hands really are legally tied relative to hiring and firing, what recourse will employees of conscience have if supervisors ignore their reported concerns, or worse, retaliate against them?

This is larger than the termination of one stellar public servant. It’s about how we build on the amazing resources that are ours, whether or not we show up to influence and improve the way decisions are made in this county and the processes by which we institute them.

[Liz Bucar is a concerned Sullivan County citizen who lives in Callicoon, NY.]