Luna named permanent director of senior center

FLINT TWP. — Pam Luna has been named the new executive director of the Flint Township Carman- Ainsworth Senior Citizens’ Center, 2071 S. Graham Road. She was appointed interim director in April after the firing of longtime director Linda Moore.

Trustee Barb Vert, who serves as the township liaison to the senior citizens center, announced Luna’s promotion last week at the Flint Township board meeting. Vert also said that two new trustees – Don Conway and Gwendolyn Moss – have been appointed to the senior center’s executive board.

Township Trustee Frank Kasle asked Vert for details about the hiring process, specifically if the position had been advertised.

Vert said the position was not advertised and the senior center’s executive board made the decision to go with Luna.

Kasle said there should have been a selection process including a publicized announcement of the job opening.

“I’m not saying Luna is a bad choice’’ he added.

Luna declined to provide details about her background or tenure at the center. She said it a busy time of the year for her.

Meantime, a wrongful discharge lawsuit filed in June by former center director Moore still is pending in Genesee County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Moore alleges she was fired in retaliation of testimony she gave in a deposition, according to her attorney Tom Pabst. Her lawsuit names members of the center’s executive board as defendants and cites three counts, “violations based on Whistleblower Protection Act, four violations of the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act (discrimination, harassment, retaliation and retaliatory harassment by supervisors, and four violations of the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.”

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