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Mayor Nominates Previously Fired Employee

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SALISBURY, Md. – Mayor Jim Ireton has nominated two candidates for the position of City Administrator, but one of those choices is raising some eyebrows.

Loré Chambers received one of the two nominations. That's the same Loré Chambers who was fired from the Assistant City Administrator position in July. And the same Loré Chambers who applied for unemployment benefits after being fired. According to her attorney, Neil E. Duke, Dr. Chambers was granted those unemployment benefits, but the City of Salisbury has been fighting it at every turn, most recently appealing a hearing examiner's decision that was in Chambers' favor.

Mayor Ireton's other nomination, Tom Stevenson, was reportedly on hand at a press conference at which Ireton announced the picks. Chambers, on the other hand, was not. And according to Mr. Duke, she wasn't notified whatsoever. "She was not contacted beforehand. She was not notified by anyone in any public capacity. She found out on a blog site about her nomination," he said. He went on to call the timing and manner of the nomination "curious," given the history of the case, and said "My initial reaction was a head-scratcher for one -- and then the more cynical thought was this is just a clever attempt at gamesmanship."

The Mayor is standing by his nominations, and suggests there might be miscommunication somewhere along the line. Ireton said, "It is my responsibility to send nominations to the city council as stated in the city code. I've done that, as I said I would, one hundred-and fifty-five days ago. I'm a man of my word."

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