The city board voted four to two to add a section to the city ordinances regarding access to personnel records. In summary the bill says the mayor and board will have access to financial information from the city personnel records based on a passed motion made by the board. Those recorsds would be accessible in closed session and all personal information in the records shall be redacted.
Alderman Robert Davis has pushed for more access to city personnel records for the past couple of city meetings.
“I’m more than satisfied with it,” Davis said. “I think it allows the aldermen to do their job.”
“We are being told, again can’t see because we can’t get into the file, that there are six employees that are drawing over the pay scale. So what are we going to do about that?”
“We will find out once we will get the review, how did they get there, who put them there, and what are we going to do to correct the problem.”
Alderman Davis says the ordinance will clarify some rumors about those employees being granted raises above the levels that their job titles allow.
“Again it’s all hearsay. This has been hearsay out of some office personnel. So we want to look at it and see exactly what it is.”
“And that’s our job. Our job is to watch over the finances of the city. This is not to get into anybody’s…I don’t want to even see a name. I just want to know if there is a person that is beyond the ordinance. That’s all I am after.”
Alderman Judy Neels and Larry Buschjost voted against the first reading of the ordinance. Alderman Neels was the lone no vote on the second reading.