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City Manager's Performance Review, Employment Terms On Jan. 7 Council Agenda

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell

This marks the third month in a row the City Council meeting agenda has included a personnel item related to the city manager.

Sulphur Springs City Council is scheduled once again to discuss personnel matters related to the city manager this week.
The Jan. 7 regular 7 p.m. City Council meeting agenda states the council may adjourn into executive session to discuss “matters affecting the office of the City Manager including performance review, employment terms and other issues.”

The discussion of personnel matters relating to the city manager was on the Nov. 5 agenda. However, after a very brief executive session, the Nov. 5 meeting adjourned with no further comment from the council regarding the session.

A special executive session was also called 1 hour prior to the regular Dec. 3 meeting to allow the City Council members to discuss and consider “Personnel Matters specifically relating to the City Manager.” The executive session continued 15-20 minutes past the designated 7 p.m. start time for the regular Dec. 3 City Council meeting.

Many community members had packed the council room to awaiting the results of that session. However, when the council members returned to the council room, then-Mayor Norman Sanders announced no action would taken regarding the city manager at that time.

The regular meeting then got under way, with City Council member declining to discuss either the executive session or personnel matters related to the city manager.

At least eight people at the Dec. 3 council meeting spoke during public forum regarding the city manager, including business people who asked the council not to fire the city manager or to carefully consider the long-ranging impact of any decisions regarding the city manager’s employment with the city.

The Jan. 7 agenda stipulates the discussion and action regarding the city manager are to specifically include a “performance review, employment terms and other issues.”

If the City Council opts enter into executive session during the regular Jan. 7 meeting to discuss the city manger, including conducting a performance review and discussion on terms of employment, any formal vote of action on an executive session discussion would need to be made in open forum.

The regular meeting of Sulphur Springs City Council begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in the Council Room at City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

Author: Faith Huffman

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