Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Council Meeting Includes Closed Session

Tonight's City Council meeting will include an executive session of up to 45 minutes where the public will be excluded while the governing body discusses personnel matters.

The meeting is 8 p.m. in Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

Plaintalker attempted to review the council packet Saturday at the Plainfield Public Library, but staff there could not locate a packet for the Oct. 11 meeting. The agenda may be seen here, but as bloggers know, the documents related to agenda items often tell much more than the agenda listings. This week, there are several new items that were not discussed at the Oct. 3 agenda-fixing session, so bloggers will have to check the packet in the City Clerk's office for background.

The personnel matters are not specified on tonight's agenda, but the city will need a new city administrator in early November as Acting City Administrator David Kochel's term ends. Kochel is the third person this year to serve as acting city administrator. With any luck, the city could get someone to serve as "permanent" city administrator through the end of the mayor's term on Dec. 31, 2013. Otherwise, expect to see more hand-offs to temporary appointees to cover day-to-day operations of the city.

If in fact there is someone in the wings who is under consideration as city administrator, the council could add the appointment to tonight's agenda or could take action at a special meeting to name a new city administrator. On Oct. 3, Council President Annie McWilliams made an appeal to the administration to share plans for the transition of Kochel to his successor. Time is of the essence if there is to be a smooth transition.

Meanwhile, council watchers are advised to bring a Kindle or somesuch to while away the time waiting for the council to emerge from closed session.


1 comment:

  1. I wonder if there is any expectation that our mayor will have am appointee to the City Administrator's position, or if she will decide to do it herself. Her nibs, is not able to handle being mayor, so I hope she has someone competent to take that job. People of little competence, like our mayor, often surround themselves with very competent people. Our mayor has chosen to not do that. We can only hope that our mayor will think of Plainfield first, for a change, and keep the city on a responsible track.