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Mayor waits for recommendation on Thomas

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Karla Thomas

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – The City's Human Resources Commissioner remains on the job following hear termination hearing held earlier this month. Mayor Byron Brown is waiting for a recommendations to arrive on his desk.

Mayor Brown served termination papers on Thomas this past September. But Thomas remains in her more than $91,000 dollar a year job at City Hall.

Brown made his decision after he learning that Thomas failed to take proper steps to resolve a problem in which health insurance premiums were being paid to dead employees. That mistake cost city taxpayers about $800,000.

Under City law, a commissioner has the right to a hearing before being fired. An eight day City Hall hearing pitted the mayor against Thomas, his long-time friend. Thomas testified that past City Hall practices still in place under the Brown administration are too blame.

Thomas has repeatedly defended herself saying she was given assurances that proper steps had been taken to stop the problem from occurring. The mayor could receive a recommendation as early as December or as late as January.