BY LUIS GRONDA
Borough President Melinda Katz has asked Community Board 9 to delay the process of selecting its new District Manager until after the new session begins in April.
In a letter obtained by the Queens Tribune through a source, sent on Monday to CB9, Katz wrote that she is concerned about issues raised to her office about the selection process itself and she has asked that it be delayed until a new board is appointed after the March meeting. For 29 of the CB9 members, their terms expire on March 31, according to Katz’s letter.
“It makes more sense that the process be postponed so that the newly appointed board members can participate in this important decision,” she wrote. “Therefore I believe in the best interests of the board and the residents who will be served by the district manager to postpone the selection until after April. Fairness and good governance dictate such a result.”
Concerns have been raised over the DM selection process, including one of the candidates, Lisa Gomes. According to sources, she, in an attempt to give herself an advantage, allegedly received questions and answers posed to other candidates that were going to be asked to her while she waited to be interviewed for the position.
Gomes is currently the acting district manager and is one of three candidates to take that position on a full time basis. The other two candidates are James McClelland and Scott Wolf. Gomes declined to comment on the allegation when reached by phone.
Katz’s office emailed a statement about the letter when asked to comment.
“Given the concerns and issues raised about the process thus far, Borough President Katz has advised Community Board 9 that it would be best to resume the search and selection process after April 1 once the new Board is in place,” Sharon Lee, Katz’s spokesperson, said.
The CB 9 District Manager selection committee is scheduled to have a special meeting on March 3 to interview the three candidates and recommend one person to the full board for a vote at its next meeting, March 10.
The board’s chairperson, Ralph Gonzalez, did not respond to a phone call requesting comment, as of press time.
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