Nashua alderman apologizes for offending city officials with pension comments
"I guess I upset some people, so I would like to apologize," Deane said during a Board of Aldermen meeting.
In order to curtail this type of activity, Deane said he intends on drafting rules that would require employees to serve in certain positions for an extended period of time before receiving promotions that can significantly improve their pensions.
On Tuesday, Deane apologized for using the term "gross negligence," but said he will not cease efforts to remedy the problem. Deane said he will choose better words when expressing his concerns in the future.
"Alderman Deane has no direct information that this employee has any intention of retiring in the near future," wrote Lozeau. "… Personal attacks, false accusations, conversations that question motives should not be allowed in the chamber. It is the collective responsibility of the body — be it committee or full board — to challenge inappropriate behavior, otherwise it reflects badly on the entire board."
If promotions are granted, Deane said workers should have to serve in those roles for five years — maybe even 15 years in the Public Works role being questioned — for the higher pension to be applied.
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