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The council’s role

As a member of the Nevada City City Council, it would be inappropriate to comment on the pending personnel matter affecting our office operations supervisor. However, a May 12th Letter to the Editor claiming the council has “refused to meet with her in closed session” caught me by surprise. For the record, if anyone has been refused such a session, this is the first I’ve heard about it.

Please remember, the employee was placed on administrative leave by the city manager, independent of any action by the council. The council may or may not find itself involved in the future if a grievance is filed and heard.

Ultimately, of course, the council is responsible for the employment of all city employees – including the city manager. I recognize my share of that responsibility and am prepared to deal with whatever happens over the next few days or weeks, but The Union readers need to know that at no time have I been asked by either the employee or her attorney to meet in closed session. And if such a closed session is ever held, the community will know because it requires 72 hours advance public notice.



Steve Cottrell

Nevada City


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