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October 20, 2014, 4:17 pm
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Alderman Critical Of City Employees' TV Show Appearance

A Springfield alderman is concerned about a recent nationally-televised appearance by the city’s director of human resources and one of her employees. 


The segment on the syndicated “Steve Harvey Show” featured city employee Sara Taylor in a segment about how to ask your boss for a promotion.  Unbeknownst to Taylor, HR director Melina Tomaras-Collins was also on the show to hear Taylor’s pitch.  Tomaras-Collins said she would recommend the promotion. 


But Alderman Gail Simpson found the piece to be “exploitative” and says it sends a wrong message to other city workers.  Mayor Mike Houston says the piece was good publicity for the city… and says the promotion request is under consideration.


Watch the clip from the show below:


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