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Isamac Figueroa-Torres is running the Citizen Service Center in Reading City Hall

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 3:49 pm

Isamac Figueroa-Torres, of Reading, is running the Citizen Service Center in City Hall.

Figueroa-Torres, also a Reading School District Board member, started Monday, July 16.

On Thursday, she said she would follow City Hall policy and not comment to the media.

Communications director Mick Dee did not immediately have her salary amount available Thursday.

Figueroa-Torres’ husband, Angel Figueroa, led Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s transition team after he was elected.

Her sister, Marisol, is Spencer’s administrative assistant.

Cindy Weidel managed the center as municipal operations manager until she was terminated.

On Feb. 13, City Council voted 5-1 not to hire Figueroa-Torres as the city’s director of administrative services, with some members concerned about her qualifications.

On Wednesday, July 18, Councilman Randy Corcoran said he’s confident Figueroa-Torres was hired properly and is well qualified.

“I know the mayor was trying to hire her in some capacity,” he said.

Councilwoman Donna Reed said Wednesday that Figueroa-Torres may be qualified.

“It seems to me it was one last political favor before (Managing Director) Carole Snyder came on,” Reed said. Snyder started July 5.

The media have remarked on Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s hiring of people involved in his campaign and transition.

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For example, he hired Eron Lloyd, special assistant for policy, outreach and sustainability; and Larry Murin, special assistant for regional and intergovernmental services

Dee is married to Celeste Dee, who works at Spencer’s campaign consultant, Fleck Consulting, of Allentown.

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