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February 1, 2013

Politics emerge in Annetta city secretary’s resignation


He was concerned that his questions regarding certain people were repeated to those individuals, Wood said. “It’s none of their concern at this point. They’ve called and harrassed me about it.”

Wood said he’s not concerned that the council’s actions have created a difficult environment for the person working in the city secretary position.

“I just think that if people will do their job, I don’t that will be an issue,” Wood said, adding that the position was set up by the council and the city secretary is an at-will employee of the council.

Pinckard, who conducted an exit interview with Lawler Tuesday, said he does not believe the issues leading to Lawler’s resignation have been fully addressed, and he is concerned about the work environment and being able to hire and retain someone with experience in the position.

He does not believe any laws have been broken, Pinckard said, adding that addressing the city hall environment is a political process and emphasizing the need for voters to be educated about candidates.

His proposed rules of procedure and ethics policy has been before the council for months but has been consistently tabled and deemed not important enough to act on, Pinckard said.

Pinckard said Lawler has done a “spectacular job,” from transitioning with the city’s takeover of water system billing responsibilities to being a cornerstone of the city as faces on the council have changed.

Citizens have called him to communicate that they are sorry to see her go and wish she would stay, Pinckard said.

Lawler’s last day was Jan. 31. Pinckard said he hopes the council will approve hiring the city’s current part-time employees, who been cross-trained in the day-to-day operations of the city secretary position, as a temporary full-time employee.

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