City communications manager resigns

October 5, 2009


UPDATED — 3:47 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009

Doug Alder, Newcastle communications manager, has submitted his resignation. Alder’s resignation will take effect Nov. 6.

“It’s totally my decision,” Alder said regarding his resignation. “I’m just going to be moving on. I definitely had mixed emotions about it, because I love this job. It’s tough to walk away, but I’m ready to try some new things.”

John Starbard, city manager, said that due to financial constraints, he will recommend that the city not fill the position after Alder’s departure.

Starbard also said that without a communications manager, the city will not have the staff to maintain the city’s blog, Newcastle 411.

Alder said his resignation was in no way related to a recent surge of comments on the city’s blog under the Oct. 2 posting, “The Latest on the Library.”

The comments regarded both the library and the nature of the blog itself, and those who commented occasionally made personal attacks toward one another.

First public hearing on budget is Tuesday

October 5, 2009

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Oct. 5, 2009

The first public hearing regarding to the 2010 public budget will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday during the City Council’s regular meeting.

The hearing will be preceded by a study-session at 6 p.m. addressing the budget.

Public hearings concerning the budget will also take place Nov. 3 and Nov. 17.

City officials said the City Council may reschedule the Nov. 3 date, because Nov. 3 is election night.