For the second meeting in a row the city looked at who can get access to what information when it comes to employee pay, raises, and reviews. At the last meeting two aldermen asked to repeal section 403 of the city code which limited access to employee records, Alderman Susan Drummond saying that the city code was a violation of state law.
Tuesday night Alderman Jeff Van Donsel said the city should amend 403, not repeal it.
“Section 403 now, even though state statute allows for access to some of these records, 403 tightens that definition even further, because the city has the right to make the m closed if they want,” Van Donsel said. “It actually closes them off. So the board can actually be refused access to any compensatory, any type of financial records regarding personnel.”
Alderman Van Donsel presented an amendment that he says will give the alderman and mayor collective access and not risk lawsuits.
“That financial, fiduciary, and compensatory records of the city be accessible and be made accessible to the mayor and the board of aldermen collectively.”
“Not individually, not unfettered. An individual board member cannot come up and request to look at somebody’s personnel record.”
Van Donsel and City Attorney Roger Gibbons will sit down and craft the language that will be presented at the next city meeting in November.