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Apr 11, 2018

P.G. Town Council Tells 10 Employees, “Your Services Will No Longer Be Needed”

Firings have been reported at the Punta Gorda Town Council as well as at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. In the south, News Five has learned that ten persons have been let go from the staff of the P.G. Town Council. We spoke to one of them today and he says he learned the news when he got back to work after vacation. The letter that Patrick Selgado was handed by his foreman on Tuesday blames financial difficulties experienced by the Council, which Mayor Ashton McKenzie took over from Fern Gutierrez following the United Democratic Party’s sweep in the Town Council elections in March. But Selgado told us in a telephone interview that while he has no reason to believe the firing was political in nature, the Council’s “haad times” have just added to his own.

 

On the Phone: Patrick Selgado, Fired from Punta Gorda Town Council

“Dear Mr. Selgado, Greetings from the Punta Gorda Town Council. We hope that this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. Due to the turbulent financial times and the need to reduce the operational expenditure of the Council, the Punta Gorda Town Council has decided not to retain the services of all redundant positions. Therefore, effective April the twenty-first, 2018, your service will no longer be required. We take this opportunity to say thanks for your years of service and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors.”

 

Aaron Humes

“That’s what you got after eleven years, more or less. In terms of payments and so, have you satisfied that as yet?”

 

On the Phone: Patrick Selgado

“No. At the bottom they have “kindly contact the Finance Department to look into your benefits” and I called the office, the Finance Department and they didn’t know anything about it. Up to now, I don’t know anything about my benefits. I went to the office and they didn’t say anything yet.”

 

A planned meeting for today was canceled. Among those reportedly let go was the town’s financial controller. Mayor McKenzie has confirmed the terminations to the media, attributing it to a too-high wage bill which needs to be reduced.

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