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Longtime administrator fired by Trafford Council

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Trafford Council unanimously fired longtime borough administrator Lisa Mallik on Tuesday night because borough officials said they documented about $28,000 worth of bookkeeping errors in the last few years.

A borough employee for 17 years, Mallik, 54, had been on unpaid leave since Feb. 7, Councilman John Daykon said. Council initially placed her on paid leave in late January, he said.

“While Lisa's been a very dedicated employee, we want to make sure that nobody thinks that this is any type of vendetta against her,” Daykon said.

“Lisa came to work, she did her job; unfortunately, she made some pretty big mistakes that have led to this.”

Daykon specified two instances that led to the firing. In the first, Trafford continued to pay for a former employee's health insurance premium for six months last year after his departure.

That mistake was valued at $7,500, but Trafford's insurer reimbursed the borough for two months of the cost, officials said.

Council suspended Mallik for one day without pay last year and warned her that another mistake could lead to her firing, Daykon said.

In the second case, officials determined that Mallik failed to deduct about $20,400 worth of Aflac supplemental insurance premiums from police officers' paychecks dating back to 2010, Daykon said. None of that money can be recouped, he said.

Manager Jeff McLaughlin, who reviewed the matters for council, said the issue was one of “misfeasance, not malfeasance” because Mallik didn't benefit from the mistakes.

The Penn-Trafford Star was unable to locate a listed phone number for Mallik, who did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

Council hasn't made a long-term decision about replacing Mallik.

In the interim, council has been using a temporary staffing service to perform some tasks, and officials plan to hire a part-time worker through the Penn-Trafford High School life-skills program to complete some secretarial work.

Council will have to discuss whether to reclassify the position as a secretary instead of an administrator, Daykon said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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