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home : editorial June 24, 2016

Editorial - Release the Gorayeb report
The Sisters City Council must follow the order of Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel and release the report on the investigation into the conduct of now-former city manager Andrew Gorayeb. The council's concern for the confidentiality of statements made by employees is understandable and laudable. That concern does not, however, outweigh the public interest in understanding how it came to pass that the city manager resigned in the wake of an investigation that reportedly did not substantiate complaints of bullying and harassment.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
Support Sisters School Bond
For eight years, the Sisters School District has had to make tough financial choices, trying to weather the storm of the Great Recession and a steep decline in enrollment. Through all of that time, the district did its best to keep cuts as far away from classrooms and programs as possible. That meant that maintenance of plant and infrastructure took the hit.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Editorial... Moving on from the city manager mess
Well that was messy - and expensive. After two months of investigation and deliberation over complaints by some City of Sisters employees regarding former City Manager Andrew Gorayeb's conduct, the city council accepted Gorayeb's resignation - with an attached payout of more than $100,000. When the total bill is calculated - paid leave, attorney's fees, staff time, costs of the investigation - the taxpayers of Sisters will have forked over likely upwards of $175,000 to close a chapter in its municipal history. Why was this episode so expensive? Why did the City pay out so much when Gorayeb chose to resign?
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Friday, April 29, 2016

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