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Dover administration dealing with employee shortage

| February 8, 2022
Dover city crews remove snow from Third Street.

DOVER (WJER) (February 8, 2022) – The city’s administration is dealing with a shortage of employees.

Council member Justin Perkowski says he’s gotten complaints about certain departments being short-staffed. Mayor Richard Homrighausen acknowledged the problem.

“We’re in the process of trying to get lists compiled,” he said.

He did not elaborate and refused to answer questions.

Council members Monday addressed issues in the service department. Leadership there is in turmoil after Homrighausen fired longtime service director Dave Douglas in December.

Council then cut the new service director’s hours to 20 per week, combined his job with the safety director position, and cut his pay from $37 to $10 an hour.

Council members say they’ve been unable to reach new service director Aaron Feller.

Council President Shane Gunnoe was incredulous when Homrighausen said Feller has been available, responding with, “Give me a break.”

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