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Linn, Gibson’s released personnel files have decade long gaps

LANDIS — While the town has published online the personnel files of former Town Manager Reed Linn and Finance Officer Ginger Gibson, they provide little information about the pair’s work history with the municipality.

Published under the town’s “transparency” tab, Linn’s personnel file shows he started with the town in October 2000 — when he was hired as the new code enforcement officer at a salary of $35,000 annually. As of November, Linn was making $69,077 as town manager. But there’s no other information provided about how Linn’s pay reached its current point.

There are no records of pay increases despite being promoted to town administrator in March 2004.

The Salisbury Post reported in February 2004 that Linn would become town administrator in March. Linn was reclassified to town manager in 2010.

The personnel file also shows no information about when he was appointed fire chief or received promotions within the department. But his history with the fire department began long before 2000, according to Post records.

The Post reported in July 1983 that Linn resigned as fire chief at a Board of Aldermen meeting after the board rejected bylaws he presented for the Fire Department. In a 1991 article, Linn is referred to as the town’s fire chief. In an October 2000 article, it was announced that Linn would continue as fire chief and step into the code enforcement role.

Gibson was hired in December 2005 as a part-time administrative assistant, making $10.30 an hour, according to her peraonnel file. By July 2006, she was hired full time and received a raise to $12 per hour. The file shows “2007” as when she was promoted to finance director. The quotations indicate that it is unknown exactly what date she was promoted, according to interim Finance Officer Roger Hosey.

It is also unknown when she received a raise to make the $58,937 annual salary shown at the time she resigned.

Both of the personnel files have notes under “current salary” saying, “The actual amount is unknown, pending investigation/forensic audit.”

Linn and Gibson, along with an unnamed third person, are subjects in a State Bureau of Investigation probe into allegations of embezzlement. Both Linn and Gibson resigned Feb. 7.

Going forward, the town will keep more updated personnel files to ensure accountability, transparency and efficiency, Hosey said.

Hosey said he doesn’t foresee having more information added to the personnel files since he transcribed everything the files included, though he added the SBI may provide information to supplement them.

General Statue 160A-168 details information allowed to be disclosed as a public record for a city employee’s personnel file, including “date and type of each promotion, demotion, transfer, suspension, separation or other change in position classification with that municipality.” For the salary portion, it includes “pay, benefits, incentives, bonuses, and deferred and all other forms of compensation paid by the employing entity.”

The personnel files offer no or little information about the specifics of their roles or pay as town employees. The files do not provide the reasons for their promotions, their employee contracts or disciplinary information.

To view the personnel files, visit townoflandis.com/transparency.

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