The rehiring of a former department head to a consulting position in Alton has drawn the ire of a number of city residents. An overflow crowd spilled into the hallway of the Alton City Council Chambers last night as the city council brought Phil Roggio back to perform consulting duties relating to the new Multi-Modal Transportation Center project. There are those who feel the contract would allow him to stay on indefinitely.
Former Aldermanic candidate Monica Mason says the 90 day consulting contract Roggio was given over the summer should have been plenty of time to transfer leadership of the project.
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Greg Caffey, Alton Director of Development and Housing, says it's a good move, looking at what serves the best interest of the city.
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He also pointed out under the 90 day contract that has expired, Roggio was working about 20 hours a week at $91 an hour. Roggio's consultant contract was approved at a rate of $75 an hour, with Mike Velloff providing the lone opposition.