In my previous blog post I wrote that Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner Jason Golub supported moving Risk and Safety from the Accounts Department to the Mayor’s office. This was incorrect. He abstained from that vote.
At the June 7, 2022, Council meeting where the move was discussed, Golub was adamant that he believed the proposed process was incorrect. He thought there should be an independent arbitrator evaluating if only portions of the job should be moved or if it should be moved at all.
At the August 2, 2022, Council meeting when the matter came up again, Golub said he did agree with Montagnino’s statement that it made sense for Risk and Safety to be with the City Attorney because of how closely they work together, however Golub said the process taking place was flawed and concerning. He thought there was validity to putting Risk and Safety in other places, but that isn’t what they were doing that night. “We are moving an employee from one department to another without consent of that employee’s boss.” Golub believed they should assess the role after the person who was currently in the position retired.