Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Council fails to override Bach's veto

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Bach's veto holds.
  • Bach's veto holds.
City Councilor Jill Gaebler switched her vote today on rules regarding interim mayoral appointees, resulting in City Council failing to override the veto of Mayor Steve Bach.

Instead of supporting the Council's measure, aimed at preventing open-ended interim appointees as heads of departments, Gaebler sided with the mayor. She previously had supported the Council ordinance when it was adopted on a 6-3 vote on Jan. 28. Gaebler also has expressed support for Bach's City for Champions tourism venture that will cost $250 million.

Others voting against the override were Helen Collins, Jan Martin and Val Snider, all of whom voted against the measure on Jan. 23.

The upshot is that Bach can put another notch on his belt, and can fill top city positions with temporary replacements for as long as he wishes.

Wynetta Massey, herself an interim office holder as city attorney, advised Council that as the head of city government, he has the ability to say rely on interim appointments "until he can find permanent appointees."

She also noted it's unclear whether the mayor will be able to fill some top jobs with permanent employees before his term expires in June 2015.

But Councilor Joel Miller said, "I see interim as part of the title. It doesn’t relieve us of the duty to confirm the appointment."

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