|City Releases Tapes From Illegal Closed Session While Paying
$25,000 Attorney Fees To Newspaper
|Right to left: Council Members Donna Rice, Daryle Klassen, Hugh McKean,
Cat McEwen, Kent Solt, Joan Shaffer, Carol Johnson with City Attorney John Duval,
Mayor Pro Tem Larry Heckel, Mayor Cecil Gutierrez and City Manager Bill Cahill.
|Loveland's City Charter Requires a 2/3
majority (6 of 9) must vote for the same
candidate to appoint the city manager.
SECTION 8-1 -- APPOINTMENT,
QUALIFICATIONS, EVALUATION AND
(a) The City Council, by the affirmative vote
of two-thirds (2/3) of the entire Council, shall
appoint a City Manager to serve at the
pleasure of the Council.
|TAPE CHRONOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS
The first tape begins with Councilwoman
Carol Johnson asking Human Resource
Director Todd Gamble how to proceed since
the council could not come to "consensus" on
one candidate. Gamble suggests they vote to
eliminate one of the three.
3 minutes - by the second tape the council
takes the first vote in private.
City Attorney John Duval: I've got every
body's vote so...
6 minutes 40 seconds -
Councilwoman Johnson jokes: "This is why
we need electronic voting," while Duval counts
8 minutes - Mayor Cecil Gutierrez recaps
33 minutes 25 seconds Councilman Solt
Councilman Solt "Is there nothing just to
make sure, just to make sure it doesn't look
like we are dragging our heels, is there nothing
that can be said officially to the press that we
narrowed it down to two"
37 minutes and 20 seconds - Colluding To
Hide The Truth They Voted In Private
Councilman Klassen: If were asked how
did we vote –
Todd Gamble: You didn’t vote, it didn’t, you
Klassen Responds: Well excuse me, how
did we (pause) move toward consensus and
Gamble: You are not talking about the vote…
Klassen: Well I understand that….
Councilwoman Carol Johnson: We all
support the council decision whatever it is
Gamble..I don’t think…you guys talk…
Duval to Council: You gave direction to
negotiators and ah that this is the direction and
you are able to announce what that direction is.