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Suzanne Blanchard 
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Re: “New CEDO Director, Same 'Personal Hardship'

There is a significant difference between Mr. Obeng's situation and Ms. Mackay's. The policy clearly needs to be revisited and a more sophisticated approach employed. I generally agree with the idea that public employees serving Burlington should live within city limits. Mr. Obeng is in charge a critical system which has a lifelong impact on Burlington children. As such, it is essential that he be willing to have his own children attend Burlington schools. He moved here from Canada for the job, had a choice, and chose not to live in Burlington. That's wrong. Ms. MacKay, in contrast, has lived in the area for many years, much of it in Burlington, and has been committed to the area's well-being at both her public and private endeavors. Years before being offered the job, she purchased a home just south of Burlington which is part of the greater Burlington area. Arguably, she would be as motivated in her Economic Development post whether living in Burlington or Shelburne as both communities are dependent on the strength of the city's economy. The two jobs are not analogous, and neither are the candidates' backgrounds.

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Posted by Suzanne Blanchard on 05/10/2016 at 3:31 PM

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