At the Aug. 14 Board of Trustees meeting, a request to dissolve the position of human resources manager and general counsel failed, 4-3. Tom Esordi has served in that role since 2017.

At the Aug. 14 Board of Trustees meeting, a request to dissolve the position of human resources manager and general counsel failed, 4-3. Tom Esordi has served in that role since 2017.

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Motion fails to dissolve positions in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 21, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Tom Esordi will remain in his dual position.

A matter of unfinished business at the Aug. 14 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting was a request to dissolve the position of human resources director/general counsel, Esordi’s positions.

The request failed in a 4-3 vote. Trustees Nancy Nevers and Roger Krzeminski, along with Treasurer Karen Goodhue and Supervisor Janet Dunn, voted “no.”

The item was added to the agenda by Trustee Tim Bussineau. He cited that at the July 10 meeting, the board voted to hire a human resources manager, allowing him to move ahead with his request.

Bussineau, Clerk Kristi Pozzi and Trustee Kathy Smith voted to dissolve the position.

“If we bring on an HR manager, I think it gives more credence to dissolve this position,” Bussineau said.

The issue was postponed to the Aug. 14 meeting in order for board members to further ask questions.

What it comes down to, Bussineau said, is that the township needs a qualified person in the Human Resources Department to take care of employee needs.

Prior to the vote, Pozzi asked if the combined positions are working.

“It’s been brought to our attention by numerous people and employees that the quality of services they’re getting from HR are not up to par,” she said.

Nevers reminded the board that Esordi didn’t seek out the dual position, rather, he was asked to consider and accept it.

“Our township continues to grow and I have not heard that any developer intends to discontinue work in Macomb Township,” Nevers said. “That tells me there’s no problem with the interaction by Mr. Esordi by contractors and developers, which is key.”

Last month, Bussineau said he was offering a simple answer to a not so easy problem in the township.

“I’m talking about positions, not people,” he said.

He added that the creation and implementation of the position has created division in the township and distrust with employee groups.

Pozzi asked fellow board members to consider if the decision to combine the positions was a bad one.

She later said that no one is saying that Esordi needs to be dissolved.

“We’re asking that the combined position be dissolved,” she said. “Then we can look at the opportunity for general counsel do general counsel and HR focus on policies.”

Bussineau thought now was the right time to present this request because the board created the position of human resources manager at its July 10 meeting.

“That action created the perfect environment to take this action,” he said.

The request to create the position of human resources manager was added by Krzeminski.

Bussineau said benefits of dissolving the position were that it would eliminate the dynamics of a conflict of interest, and the community needs to continue to heal.

Nevers offered further support of Esordi by saying, “He has been so effective with his bargaining and negotiating skills that the union is upset with it and want him gone.”

Smith said there is a conflict in the dual positions.

“I’m not here for someone to lose their job,” she said. “I think Mr. Esordi does a very good job for us in legal, but it’s OK to separate the two jobs.”

Goodhue said she needed to have facts in order to dissolve Esordi’s contract.

“We’ve never broken a contract,” she said. “We don’t destroy unions and try to get rid of them.”

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