Wednesday, February 10, 2021

10 people resign from Columbia Borough positions in 6 months. What's going on?

10 people have resigned from their positions with Columbia Borough in the last six months. What is going on?
  • Last September, the entire HARB (five members) resigned on principle over council's decision to override a recommendation. (Mayor Leo Lutz cast the deciding vote. One member, Jeff Seibert, has rejoined a newly staffed HARB.)
  • In November, Officer Barrell resigned from the police department.
  • In December 2020, Quetsy Yates resigned from her position as accountant with the borough.
  • In January 2021, Finance Manager Kyle Watts announced his resignation.
  • Last week, Pam Williams resigned from borough council.
  • And at the February 9, 2021 borough council meeting, Codes Manager Paul Paulsen's resignation was accepted.
Of course, it could be argued that the resignations are from various departments and due to various reasons - but the sheer number of departures within a relatively short time indicates a systemic problem. Has borough hall become a hostile work environment? Are things being mismanaged? Are there more resignations to come?

Borough taxpayers deserve an explanation.

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