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Mayor calls for greater accountability on city’s law department

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Mayor Rodney Elliott is calling for greater accountability on the part of the city’s law department, citing the recent discovery that more than $200,000 of taxpayer money has been spent for outside counsel to defend four library employees in a discrimination case filed by two former employees. Former Pollard Memorial Library assistant Diane Cloutier alleges she was treated unfairly by coworkers because of a vision problem and was later fired in retaliation for filing an initial discrimination claim; Donna Deuso alleges she was forced to resign after being harassed due to her friendship with Cloutier. In questioning spending by the law department, Elliott is now seeking a city manager report on the process used to select counsel and the costs involved.

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