2017-11-02 / Front Page

Memo gives little detail into staff loss

By Grant McPherson
Staff Writer

SACO – Two Saco Parks and Recreation Department employees no longer work for the city, according to a vague memo posted on the city website. Their identities, however, have not been disclosed.

In the memo, posted Oct. 19, Saco City Administrator Kevin Sutherland wrote that he wanted to make families with children aware of the situation. The memo was also emailed to parents.

“Due to a breach of city policies, two Parks and Recreation employees have left the organization,” Sutherland wrote. “Let it be known that this situation does not involve programming, children, or the care of children in any way. Our ability to provide safe programming has never been in question and will not be jeopardized during this transition. We look forward to the positive changes our current staff will be involved with. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the City Administrator, Kevin Sutherland at (207)282-4191. If you have questions about Parks and Recreation programs, please contact Erika Dube at (207) 283-3139.”

Parks and recreation Director Joseph Hirsch recently retired, which was planned this past year, according to Mayor Roland Michaud.

Michaud declined to comment on the memo and defferred all questions to Sutherland.

A call to the Saco Parks and Recreation Department confirmed that Kevin Lombard, director of programs, and Corey Morong, recreation programmer, no longer work for the city.

Attempts to contact Lombard and Morong were unsuccessful.

Sutherland wrote in an email to The Courier that he was not able to discuss who the letter refferred to because it was a personnel matter. The Courier submitted a Freedon of Access Act request for the names of the individuals and the work history of those listed above, but did not receive information by deadline.

“An email was sent to families with children currently in our programs because it is a rather public department and to not see familiar faces might raise questions,” Sutherland wrote.

Contact staff writer Grant McPherson at news@inthecourier.com

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