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Harborside staffer accused of living with fired general manager quits

Jun. 11, 2013
Rena Tchekmeian
Rena Tchekmeian / file photo


The employee accused of living in the home of the former general manager of the Harborside Event Center has quit.

Rena Tchekmeian expressed dissatisfaction with the investigation that led to the firing of the event center’s former General Manager in a letter of resignation she turned in on Monday.

“These harsh allegations have not been supported by any factual information, and no evidence has come forward that proves any of this to be true,” she wrote in the letter with Monday’s date. “Prior to Friday, I had made multiple complaints to Ms. McDade about Mr. Thompson that are not in my employee file.”

Tchekmeian went on to point out there is no indication her performance at work was substandard; one of the sustained allegations against Rundle is that employees shared the opinion that Tchekmeian did not perform all of her duties, but was not held accountable by Rundle because the two shared a home.

A review of Tchekmeian’s personnel file shows her most recent evaluation was completed in June 2010 by an “R Decherd.” Tchekmeian received an above-satisfactory rating. She received a satisfactory rating in 2009 by the same evaluator.

Further, her file also has a nomination for city employee of the quarter in 2011 by Andrew Thompson, Harborside’s assistant manager, who filed the complaint earlier this year that triggered the investigation into Rundle’s actions.

The letter of recommendation praises Tchekmeian’s poise during the visit of Prince Albert II of Monaco and two dozen Olympic employees. It goes on to say that Tchekmeian rose above and beyond the expectations of management to ensure a successful event and memorable experience by all invited guests and officials.

Rundle was fired on Wednesday after an investigation revealed she lived with Tchekmeian, a subordinate of hers; allowed Thompson to bring his child to work and to use the Family and Medical Leave Act in a flexible manner; and allowed employees to telecommute.

But the relationship between Rundle and Thompson soured after Rundle told Thompson he had to stop bringing his child to work. The memo states staffers knew Thompson kept his infant son in his office and took the child to meetings.

The investigation also concluded Tchekmeian was supposed to be living in a detached “mother-in-law suite,” but was seen by other staffers in Rundle’s main home. In her letter of resignation, Tchekmeian insists she lives in a detached unit.

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