Fort Myers city employee fights for her job.
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Fort Myers, Fla.- A Fort Myers city councilman has questions for the city manager about a wrongful termination complaint.
Rose Rundle, director for Harborside Events Center, was fired last week after an investigation for violating city policies.
Rose Rundel's attorney has filed a grievance with the City of Fort Myers.
She wants to take her case before the city council and refute the accusations made about her.
Its an unusual request, because the city manager is responsible for staff, while elected officials dictate policy.
But, Councilman Mike Flanders thinks council members should have a say in this and added "I am open to the process of the council hearing the grievance."
An investigation by the city manager claimed that Rundle used staff services for private gain, failed to properly supervise employees and cohabited with employees.
However, in a grievance letter Rundel's lawyer gave to the city council, it questions the validity of the city managers investigation claiming:
*it failed to ensure a fair...and impartial investigation.
*failed to provide Ms. Rundle the opportunity to discuss the allegations
*released a memo with unsubstantiated allegations
The list goes on but the grievance ultimately makes the request that Rundle get to make her case to the city council itself for an impartial review by the elected officials.
Flanders isn't opposed to the idea, especially after reading Michelle's memo explaining why he fired Rundle.
Flanders said " in the two page memo of the violations he listed , I need to find the back up to that, and the evidence to it that substantiates it. I want to see it."
Moreover, Flanders fears that replacing Rundle will be difficult. he stated that "Rose Rundle was extremely hard worker. She managed Harborside extremely well."
The city attorney explained he could not comment and was waiting for direction from the city manager on what the next step will be.