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Raleigh City Council To Discuss Changes In Sanitation Department

Posted October 3, 2006

— The Raleigh City Council will get the full report on management changes involving the city's sanitation department at Tuesday's council meeting. The council is also expected to pass some new policies, including one making temporary employees in the solid waste department permanent.

Less than three weeks after problems started between workers and the city, Gerald Latta, the director of the department, announced plans to retire Dec. 1 and another top manager, Lash Hocutt, was reassigned to the Public Utilities Department.

"Hopefully, the person who comes in can learn from the mistakes that were made before and make things better," said sanitation worker Tio Spears.

City Manager Russell Allen promoted three supervisors for a new team approach to management. Tuesday will be their first day in that role.

"I really thought changes were needed," Allen said.

More changes will be on the way if Allen gets what he wants from City Council members. Allen's new five-point proposal for change is highlighted by a request to transition temporary workers into permanent positions. Nineteen employees would be eligible under this plan.

Other items, including sick leave, overtime pay and route review will also be presented to the City Council on Tuesday.

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