East Ridge Council Must Wait One More Day For Final City Court Clerk Vote

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The East Ridge City Council must wait one more day for a final vote on a city court clerk election.

Four of the five council members met Wednesday morning for a planned vote on second reading on a resolution that would delay an election for city court clerk until 2014.

The previous council, at the urging of City Manager Tim Gobble and then-City Attorney John Anderson, had wanted to have the election March 5.

City Judge Arvin Reingold had claimed Mr. Gobble had a vendetta against longtime clerk JoAnn Thomas after a run-in over the handling of a case in which his daughter was the victim of an armed robbery.

A new council majority recently voted 3-2 on first reading to delay the election.

At the meeting Wednesday, it was pointed out that "at least 13 days shall have lapsed between the first and final passage of any ordinance."

So a new meeting was set for Thursday at 8 a.m.   

Attending were Vice Mayor Jim Bethune, Council members Larry Sewell, Denny Manning, Marc Gravitt, City Manager Gobble and Interim City Attorney Hal North. Mayor Brent Lambert was not there.


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