MOOERS — Shirley Gadway left the position of town clerk/tax collector for the Town of Mooers with a bad taste in her mouth.
“I did not quit because I didn’t like my job. I loved my job,” she said in a recent interview. “I hated to leave, but I just couldn’t put up with the stress there anymore.”
Gadway was tax collector for 25 years, along with more than seven years as town clerk, once those two elected posts were combined.
Town Supervisor Cory Ross said she left for “personal reasons.”
Gadway said she is disappointed with what she described as the blatant disregard of the law on the part of the Mooers Town Council, involving issues that began at the start of 2012.
The selection of new appointments for vacant positions was done illegally in secret meetings, she alleged.
Town Supervisor Cory Ross says he wasn’t aware of any transgressions on his part.
In the past year, four town employees, including Gadway, left their positions before the end of their terms. In April, Gadway said, Bob West left his job as code enforcement officer and was replaced by Jess Dixon.
Then, Dog Control Officer Todd Forrette resigned, and Kaleigh Labombard filled his spot. And former Recreation Director Alfie Ladeau moved out of town, and Tyson Dumas assumed that post.
Gadway said at least four meetings that included a Town Council quorum — two or more of five members — were held in Ross’s office.
According to the Open Meetings Law, a quorum constitutes an official convening of a public body (Town Council), and “public notice of the time and place of a meeting scheduled at least one week prior thereto shall be given to the news media and shall be conspicuously posted in one or more designated public locations at least seventy-two hours before such meeting.”