“Increasingly over the past two years, I have felt an implied threat to my employment,” Lawler wrote in her letter of resignation. “I have been told repeatedly by citizens and elected officials that certain council members would rather I did not work here.”
“I have experienced hostility from councilmen when I have failed to comply with their personal demands at the direction of the mayor, who has always been my direct supervisor.”
Since May there has been an increasing pattern of requests from the council directed to the city secretary that conflict with normal city policies, typically regarding control of the agenda, Mayor Bruce Pinckard said Wednesday when asked about the conflicts.
Lawler also said one council member’s actions, which she perceived as tactics implying “some measure of power” over her, caused her the greatest concern.
The council member “continuously relays to me ‘confidential’ information without telling me that it is confidential,” Lawler wrote. “Then he becomes angry at the break of unknown (to me) confidence.”
The councilman told her that two other council members planned to pursue her dismissal based on the fact that she is the assistant to the Mayor of Annetta South, she wrote.
Nearly every time she would leave city hall to run an errand or go to lunch, the council member would call her on her cell phone, Lawler wrote, adding that he would remind her that he lived across the street and was aware of her coming and going.
“I sincerely hope that conditions improve with the next election and that the citizens of this area are fairly represented in the future,” Lawler wrote, adding that “anything less should be considered offensive to all of us as American citizens.”
Wood, who said he was sad to see Lawler go, said he placed the items involving the city secretary on the council agenda in response to a couple of issues.