In what has to be the shortest City Council
meeting on record, councilors met at 11 a.m. today, voted 8-1 to withdraw an item dealing with Mayor Steve Bach
's firing of legislative researcher George Culpepper,
Councilor Don Knight
opposed the motion, he said later, because, "I think we need to address this subject in public at some point."
HR Director Mike Sullivan
wouldn't discuss the matter, and Council President Keith King
said, "It's a pending personnel situation."
Councilor Jill Gaebler
had tweeted this message last week: "#COSprings Mayor burns another bridge with @COSCityCouncil. No collaboration and no compromise. #shortsighted"
Culpepper, who didn't show up for the meeting after telling Council he planned to ask that an executive session be conducted in open session, was axed after seeking information about marijuana possession
by airline passengers from Alaska Airlines
Councilor Jan Martin
says Council already has mentioned posting the job to replace Culpepper. Asked if there's been any discussion about that, she writes via text message, "We will and hopefully sooner rather than later."
Read our report on how the situation unfolded in tomorrow's Independent