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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Council reorg agenda amended

Plainfield City Council's 2014 reorganization meeting agenda was released yesterday and contained a few surprises, at least to me.

Surprise number one was the amending of the original agenda as worked out at the December 16 session. While the Council had agreed by consensus to move some cabinet appointments to the reorganization agenda (Rick Smiley as City Administrator; Ron West as Director Administration and Finance; Eric Jackson as Director of Public Works and Urban Development; and David Minchello, Esq., as Corporation Counsel).

The reorg agenda was amended to include three more positions (Siddeeq El-Amin as Director of Public Affairs and Safety; Carl N. Riley as Police Director; and Carlos Sanchez as Deputy City Administrator for Economic Development). The latter three had been interviewed by the Council December 16, but there had been no consensus to put them on the agenda. Does their appearance now mean that the wrinkles have been ironed out?

Surprise number two is the addition of Joy R. Spriggs as chief municipal public defender. While Spriggs has held the annual appointment for twelve years, shay was not on Mayor Mapp's original list of renominations. Humanitarian gesture? No doubt. More than that? Perhaps.

The third surprise was the marking of fourteen 'housekeeping' councilmanic resolutions of a routine nature as 'consent items', meaning they will be passed in one vote. Those who have yawned their way through the individual consideration of each of these items in past years will no doubt be pleased.

One quibble. I am under the impression that the Municipal Clerk is in the middle of an initial four(!) year appointment, hence do not understand why he is listed as up for reappointment for an unspecified period of time. Perhaps the matter will be clarified at the meeting.

The Plainfield City Council convenes at 5:00 PM on Monday to go immediately into executive session until the public meeting scheduled for 6:00 PM. This, however, is no guarantee that the public meeting will actually start at 6:00 PM. I suggest that the Council adopt an official vendor of snacks and beverages for members of the public routinely kept waiting by these in camera sessions.

It would be a budget-booster, don't you think?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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