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Reason for librarian's dismissal needed

Posted: April 17, 2013 - 8:51am

After nearly thirty years of dedicated service to this community, Terri Burdick was fired from her job at Soldotna Public Library for no discernible reason. At least, Mark Dixson, our new city manager, can’t seem to come up with one.

How is it possible that a man who has been in office only four months and has lived here less than two years has the power to make decisions that adversely affect this community? Not only was the firing unfair — Terri has never been less than an exemplary employee — but the method used — as mandated by the city council — was cruel. (As tax-paying citizens, can we do something about this rule?)

At last night’s city council meeting, so many people showed up to support Terri that some of them had to stand in the hall. At one point, Mr. Dixson commented that he didn’t take this job to be popular. You got that right, sir — you’re not.

Mr. Dixson made a statement defending his position. However, when he finished talking, we still didn’t know why he fired her. Why did you fire her, Mr. Dixson?

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Norseman
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Norseman 04/17/13 - 12:42 pm
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speak up dixson...We want

speak up dixson...We want answers while we are working to get you dismissed. And when we do, we will not hesitate to state the reason.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 04/18/13 - 01:52 pm
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"Typical Bunch of Liberal Toadstools....Blame the Other Guy"
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To Norma and Suss...to Noresman and Tallywakker.....

If you HAVE to know why Terri Burdick was fired from her job...why don't you address: Terri Burdick instead of her boss?

After all, sounds to me like whatever the reason, Mr. Dixson is at least giving Terri Burdick the right to privacy of her termination. If Terri wanted the BIG EARS of Soldotna to know why she was canned...don't you think she would post notice for all to see?

You Liberals have long forgotten that there is no TENURE for Librarians (like you demand). Let it be known, if you don't do your job...THEN FIND A JOB!

I say Mr. Dixson handled the situation, just as it should be handled. If Terri Burdick has a problem with it, take it to court.

If you other idiots have a problem with it...mind your own business!!!

LaFern
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LaFern 04/19/13 - 10:48 am
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Dismissal rules

When the employer doesn't say why somebody was fired it's because there was a private settlement, and only the person who got fired is able to give permission to make those facts public knowledge. Without their permission, it's a private issue.

What this means is that Burdick is the one who wants to keep the facts hidden.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 04/20/13 - 08:44 am
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LaFern
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Thank you! My point exactly! We are just dealing with a bunch of nosey Liberal Soldotnites who are searching for something to complain about.

Jim Taylor
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Jim Taylor 04/21/13 - 11:31 am
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Its already been reported

from Burdick that she was not given the reason why she was terminated. Also it has been reported from Dixon he did not give her the reason she was terminated. So for unknown reasons a 28 year employee was terminated and then just as suddenly the job description quickly rewritten. We await to see whose credentials now fit that job description.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 04/22/13 - 08:40 am
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Jim Taylor
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....and you actually believe her story?

Give me a break! This has got all the earmarks of a Librarian getting caught doing something she shouldn't be doing.

I seriously doubt that Ms. Burdick was just fired for no reason at all....in these life and times (with all the lawsuits), I can't see that as the case.

Perhaps Mr. Dixon requested she change her procedures or systems, and Ms. Burdick refused...? I am sure there is way more to the story than Ms. Burdick spells out...

I smell a rat...and it is not the boss...

mariah0112
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mariah0112 04/23/13 - 12:07 pm
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Cheechako

Mr. Dixson is a cheechako,and sounds like Obama,talks in circles. 28 yrs of service is more than equal to a two year degree.

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