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Niles Council questions if mayor followed proper hiring procedure

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The City of Niles begins the new year with another dilemma as council members call into question a recent hiring move made by the mayor. 

The issue was made public at a city council meeting on Wednesday night.

Questions by a resident regarding a posted job for the city as a utility meter reader seemed innocent enough.

"In lieu of the fact that I'm going on vacation and we have this deadline for the meter reader application, Friday I believe, I'm going to get mine down tomorrow. There is no age discrimination in the city I'm assuming because I am quite old," said the man.

But, the answer that the job had been filled is what raised several eyebrows.

"I'm just telling you it's allegedly been filled, so to cut to the chase on this," said Council President Robert Marino.  

But before Marino could finish his thought, the man said, "Wow, what a blow that is. We're talking about transparency and openness..."

Marino went on to explain that he is asking the finance chairman and law director to review the employment policy and situation regarding the posted position.

The conversation was not over, though, and was reignited at the end of the meeting.

Mayor Thomas Scarnecchia spoke about the person newly hired, "You don't have to train her. It will save us money in doing this, and she was hired."

The comment triggered Councilman Ryan McNaughton to weigh in, "Please tell me you didn't just say you have conducted interviews for a position whose job positing date is still active? Did I mishear that?"

"As long as the city building is open until 4:30 on Friday, nobody should have been hired, nobody should have done nothing until all the applications were in," said Councilwoman Linda Marchese.

The mayor took responsibility for the situation but admitted he was not aware of a posted application deadline.

For now it's unclear if the hiring of this person will stand. 

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