Pease Development Authority disciplines ports director.
After what the new head of the Pease pease
n. pl. pease or peas·en Archaic
[Middle English; see pea. Development Authority called a thorough investigation, the agency has announced it is taking disciplinary action against Ports Director Geno Marconi.
Marconi was accused of using racial epithets in referring to a man seeking to do business with the ports, misuse of e-mails and his failure to implement and enforce employee policies "which would prevent the appearance of impropriety Appearance of impropriety is a term often used in reference to a situation whose ethics is deemed questionable. It means that any layperson, without knowledge of the facts, would assume that something he/she saw or heard was inappropriate or a violation of a rule/regulation. ."
The PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) A handheld computer for managing contacts, appointments and tasks. It typically includes a name and address database, calendar, to-do list and note taker, which are the functions in a personal information manager (see PIM). board--which oversees the Port of New Hampshire's operations--announced Oct. 20 it is cutting Marconi's salary by $5,000, and he will not be eligible for a raise for at least a year.
Marconi also will be required to report monthly to Dick Green, the development authority's executive director, to ensure all port employees are following management policies. Marconi also will be required to undergo quarterly performance reviews.
Green said the board "made sure they investigated the charges thoroughly; they have assessed the seriousness of the charges. They feel that this penalty and this discipline is appropriate for the actions that were taken."
Marconi, who will see his annual salary drop from $74,000 to $69,000, was recently reappointed as ports director by the state Executive Council.
Marconi was accused just prior to his reappointment reappointment Hospital practice The renewal of medical staff membership and privileges of a practitioner whose previous service on the medical staff has met the staff's standard of Pt care. See Appointment. of using ethnic slurs A slur can be anything from an insinuation or critical remark to an insult. The following is a list of ethnic slurs that are, or have been, used as insinuations or allegations about members of a given ethnicity or to refer to them in a derogatory (critical or in talking about Capt. Fiaz Arain, a businessman of Middle Eastern descent who was trying to start a container shipping operation at the state-owned port. The language was not used to Arain's face, but others reported hearing Marconi use the slurs around other workers.
The allegations triggered an investigation by the state attorney general's office. Investigators there also uncovered evidence that port property had been misused mis·use
Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.
tr.v. mis·used, mis·us·ing, mis·us·es
1. To use incorrectly.
2. To mistreat or abuse. See Synonyms at abuse.
Adj. in the past. Their report concluded that port policies needed to be clearer.
The board previously mandated diversity and sensitivity training for all staff at the Division of Ports and Harbors, which the development authority oversees. Green said 14 employees were to attend a four-hour session on Oct. 28, and future sessions could be added.
In its announcement, the board also said that Marconi has been instrumental in furthering port goals and initiatives.
"The Pease Development Authority Board's ultimate action recognized both the many positive contributions of Marconi to the Division's operations over the past several years and the recent controversy," a board statement said.
Reportedly represented by counsel, Marconi waived his right to contest the disciplinary action, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the PDA statement.
Green said he had no comment beyond what was cited in the published statement because "it is a personnel matter."
Marconi has said he will accept the disciplinary action and agreed to let the board release information about it.
Marconi told Foster's Daily Democrat Foster's Daily Democrat is a six-day (Monday-Saturday) afternoon broadsheet newspaper published in Dover, New Hampshire, USA, serving the communities of southeast New Hampshire and southwest Maine. It publishes on Sunday as Foster's Sunday Citizen. he believes it is important to keep the public informed of port affairs.
"I think the professional thing to do is admit the shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
Green also said the board will continue to investigate other complaints involving port employees. Some employees are accused of using state-owned computers to exchange inappropriate e-mails with racial, religious and homophobic ho·mo·pho·bi·a
1. Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
2. Behavior based on such a feeling.
[homo(sexual) + -phobia. jokes, as well as inappropriate pictures.
Ports Director Geno Marconi's salary will be cut by $5,000 and he will be required to undergo quarterly performance reviews as a result of the Pease Development Authority's investigation into accusations that Marconi used racial slurs to refer to a man seeking to do business with the ports.