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Council undecided on employee issue

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Frankfort City Council went another step further Tuesday in their attempts to resolve an unspecified employee issue. 

At 6 p.m. the council held their second executive session devoted to the personnel topic, after which in an open meeting they voted to hire an attorney to provide them with personnel advice.

In a marathon closed session that lasted about an hour and 20 minutes, City Human Resources Director Jack Dodd provided the council with the results of an investigation into the alleged misconduct of “an employee and person over whom the governing body has control.”

The investigation was launched by the city council Oct. 30 when Dodd was directed to hire an independent consultant – at a cost not to exceed $2,000 – to look into the matter. That directive came in the form of a motion, written by City Attorney Les Bergum and delivered by President Pro Tem Jim Moyer.

The motion to launch the inquiry was passed unanamously.

After Dodd presented the outcome of the investigation and the council discussed the findings, they took a short break, and then Mayor Chris McBarnes called the open meeting to order at 7:51 p.m. After progressing through the regular agenda, McBarnes asked if there was any new business to bring before the council.

As if following the same script from the original executive session, Moyer again spoke up: “I have one item in the form of a motion. I move to hire an attorney to advise the council on personnel matters.”

The motion passed 5-1, with council member Eric Woods voting nay and Clarence Warthan absent from the meeting.

According to Moyer, there are no limits on what may be spent for the counsel.