During the regular meeting of the council Tuesday, Michael Maciel, mayor pro tem, acknowledged that recent events — including revelations that City Manager Leon Churchill misused a city credit card — have strained the public’s trust.
“I think the issues go well beyond Mr. Churchill,” Maciel said, “and I would like to have us consider a discussion or perhaps some sort of workshop where we would talk about ways, on many different fronts, for those whose confidence in the city government has wavered, where we could find ways to restore that confidence.”
Maciel wants the council to be proactive in reaching out to residents.
Councilman Robert Rickman took the opportunity to call for another review of Churchill’s performance.
“The trust and confidence is strained and you can’t deny that,” Rickman said. “If we are going to have a plan to move forward, I think that’s something that needs to be discussed.”
Rickman asked for a closed session to review Churchill’s performance, which is legally the only thing relating to the city manager that can be considered in closed session. Maciel disagreed.
“I’m not talking about Mr. Churchill’s situation. That’s done with. We have acted on Mr. Churchill’s situation as a personnel matter and that’s done with,” the mayor pro tem said.
Maciel’s request was placed on the March 4 calendar for the regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Rickman’s request for a closed session before that meeting was approved with a 3-1 vote. Rickman and council members Charles Manne and Nancy Young voted to open a new review of the city manager. Maciel voted against it, and Mayor Brent Ives, who left the meeting early, was absent for the vote.
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