May 14, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Solomon Islands: City Government: La Raza: Rumors about firings have been swirling around City Hall since Tom Weisner (RPCV Solomon Islands) was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

Peace Corps Online: State: Illinois: February 8, 2005: Index: PCOL Exclusive: Illinois : May 14, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Solomon Islands: City Government: La Raza: Rumors about firings have been swirling around City Hall since Tom Weisner (RPCV Solomon Islands) was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

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Rumors about firings have been swirling around City Hall since Tom Weisner (RPCV Solomon Islands) was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

Rumors about firings have been swirling around City Hall since Tom Weisner (RPCV Solomon Islands) was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

Rumors about firings have been swirling around City Hall since Tom Weisner (RPCV Solomon Islands) was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

Cleaning house at City Hall

Weisner changes: Corporation counsel, public works director among administrators asked to step aside
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By Ed Fanselow STAFF WRITER

AURORA At least eight high-ranking City Hall staffers were handed pink slips Thursday and Friday as Mayor Tom Weisner began shaping his new administration.

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Although Weisner remained tight-lipped Friday, sources confirmed that those asked to leave the city included Public Works Director Bob Reiser, Community Safety Director Larry Langston, Corporation Counsel Patricia Supergan, Water Superintendent Arnold Eggleston, Youth Services Director Ron Ford and Aurora Community Television Director Lyle Rolfe, in addition to at least two other lower-ranking employees.

Each of the staffers was delivered a letter giving them the option to resign or be terminated, sources said.

Those who tendered their resignations were reportedly offered a financial severance package in exchange for a written agreement that they would not pursue litigation against the city.

It remained unclear late Friday which of the employees accepted which option.

Contacted by phone late Friday, Langston declined to comment. The five others could not be reached.

Weisner declined to speak with reporters, releasing only a terse, five-sentence statement that offered little in the way of specifics.

"As part of my overall commitment to excellence in city government," the statement read, "we're reviewing all aspects of all city operations in order to improve city services at every level."

The city's human resources director, Alex Alexandrou, was similarly mum, saying only that more details about forthcoming "City Hall restructuring" would be released early next week.

Weisner will seek to replace the departing employees, Alexandrou said, both through internal promotions and an external job search.

Rumors about the firings have been swirling around City Hall since Weisner was sworn in as mayor on April 26. As recently as Friday, some had speculated that as many as 30 jobs would be on the chopping block.

Alderman Chris Beykirch said he and the rest of the City Council were not consulted before the moves were made, but were informed of the mayor's decisions in telephone calls early in the day Friday.

"Each individual case has its own set of rationales," Beykirch said. "But there's one thing that this all proves for certain ... There's a new mayor in town."Beacon News





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