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GI City Council votes against Brown's resignation
In its first meeting since censuring Mayor Jay Vavricek, the Grand Island City Council Tuesday night voted 6 to 4 to not accept the resignation of City Administrator Mary Lou Brown.
Debate on the topic was a legal back and forth over who makes decisions on personnel issues.
City attorney Bob Sivick advised the council not to vote on the resolution because they are not Brown's supervisor: Mayor Jay Vavricek is.
According to Sivick, the mayor and Brown are the only two who can change, accept, or alter that resignation.
"Either the council is all in or it's not in and according to city code and our personnel issues the council's authority over personnel is very limited for good reasons," said Sivick.
City council member Chuck Haase disagreed.
"The intent of the process is that the council should be involved in the appointment and they should be involved in the un-appointment. And I think for the protection of some directors the shoe may be on the other foot," Haase said.
City Council President Peg Gilbert said she wanted confirmation that Brown's resignation date would remain September 30th.
"We do need to move on and we can't do that until September 30th at this point in time. My biggest concern is that we don't pass this is that date can be altered and be extended. I believe that would be a significant detriment to our community because it does just keep this going," said Gilbert.
Brown did attend Tuesday night's council meeting.
This saga, of course, began back in June when Mayor Vavricek asked for Brown's resignation.
Since that time, the division between the council and the mayor has grown over the details of Brown's status and the efforts to bring in an interim city administrator.
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