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Labor counsel in Bashore case withdraws - Main Line Suburban Life - Main Line Media News

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Thanks for the nod to this, John. Wonder why Neil Morris took a powder? How much did Radnor pay to this guy and firm to date, and what did they actually accomplish? Bashoregate, the gift that keeps on giving.

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Labor counsel in Bashore case withdraws
Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010
By Sam Strike

Radnor Township’s labor counsel withdrew from his position last month after two years representing the township during a tumultuous time in which long-held employee practices were changed and the manager fired for financial misappropriation.

Neil A. Morris, an attorney with the Philadelphia firm Archer and Greiner, withdrew as counsel in an Aug. 10 e-mail to the president of the Board of Commissioners.

In July the township put out a Request for Quotations for the labor-counsel position. Officials denied that the request had anything to do with Morris’ performance, rather stating that all township expenses were being reviewed and reconsidered.

Board president John Nagle did say this week that there was “a difference in legal approach” between Morris and the current board.

In his time as labor counsel, Morris looked into the employee practices of banking large amounts of vacation, sick and leave time, produced revisions to the employee manual and headed the internal investigation of the township’s former manager, David Bashore.

Hope this all doesn't end up swept under the rug....

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Board president John Nagle did say this week that there was “a difference in legal approach” between Morris and the current board.

Since Morris was honest, forthright and considered the taxpayers in his legal opinions, I would suggest that is the “difference in legal approach”.

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I'm thinking the same thing, Politeia!

I remember being very pleased by Morris' involvement in the Bashore scandal. I also remember Morris commenting, during a BoC meeting, that the Bashore 'contract' WAS NOT A CONTRACT - and yet, the Nagle Board allowed Bashore to enjoy the benefit of the 'contract' and a few months ago, voted to give Bashore a discount settlement on said 'contract'.

I'm interested in seeing how this will play out, and what other information will come forward.

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I remember being very pleased by Morris' involvement in the Bashore scandal. I also remember Morris commenting, during a BoC meeting, that the Bashore 'contract' WAS NOT A CONTRACT - and yet, the Nagle Board allowed Bashore to enjoy the benefit of the 'contract' and a few months ago, voted to give Bashore a discount settlement on said 'contract'.

i remember that too. no surprise whatsoever that the team of nagle/schaefer/spingler want to cut ties with morris.

spingler = wants to write dave bashore a letter of recomendation, and advocated settling with bashore during bashores termination hearing

nagle = told local reporters that he wanted the bashore investigation to take place behind closed doors

schaefer = hugged dave bashore during bashores termination hearing

what a lousy board. i cant wait for election season.

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i am a little disappointed that the reporter didnt find out more questions from nagle on this issue. what type of nagelish answer is 'we had differences in the legal approach'?!

if nagle feeds the press garbage, they should ask follow up questions. nagle certainly wont answer questions from bloggers on this site (he fled s.a.c. a long time ago) so it is important that the press ask nagle the questions that need to be asked, or find another source. john fisher seems a lot more earnest and forthcoming than nagle. why not make him the news source?

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john fisher seems a lot more earnest and forthcoming than nagle. why not make him the news source?

Makes plenty of sense to me. The press should speak to John Fisher. Or Kevin Higgins. Or Don Curley.

Neil Morris certainly won't reveal the details (indeed, he shouldn't, as he is precluded from doing so due to attorney-client confidentiality). However, there is no similar restriction on the Board (clients can waive the confidentiality).

Somebody on the board should come forward and explain the situation, and the explanation should be more detailed than 'differences in the legal approach'.

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I agree with all the comments above. No one could be happier than Hank Mahoney and Bill Spingler who are dancing down the hallways of the huge township building.

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