Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mum's the word on Council employee

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM



click to enlarge Alaska Airlines is in the middle of a controversy over the mayor's dismissal of a City Council worker. - COURTESY ALASKA AIRLINES
  • Courtesy Alaska Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines is in the middle of a controversy over the mayor's dismissal of a City Council worker.

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, and adjourned.

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.

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