Imagine you had a person in your employ who was extremely dedicated — so much so that they were available 24/7 with a smile on their face, and a never-ending dedication to helping you. So well-organized that you never had to worry about missing appointments.
This person has a complete knowledge of computers, websites and a command of how to make it work for you. A passion for the job, a kindness toward the public and all the co-workers. Smart, dedicated and available.
“We,” as village residents, had that with Julie Fitzgerald, assistant to the mayor. Julie served two previous mayors, the board of trustees — and all of you.
Suddenly, on a Friday evening, she was fired by Jesse Warren [“Colleagues, Former Mayors Shocked By Southampton Village Mayor’s Firing Of Assistant,” 27east.com, July 21]. No explanation — just fired!
This is a huge loss to our community.
I don’t know what else to say, except our village deserves better. We need a visionary who understands the wants and needs of our workforce and reinforces good morale. That helps everyone, to include village residents. I’m not seeing this currently in our village.
I served the community for 14 years as an elected official. I know what it was like, and what it has become. Most people don’t know what goes on behind the walls of our Village Hall, Department of Public Works and our police department. Morale is low, and people are afraid of losing their jobs.
Please watch carefully. The changes made were not good ones. They were blindly made just for change. That’s dangerous!
Nancy C. McGann
Ms. McGann served as a Southampton Village trustee from 2005 to 2019 — Ed.
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