Over one hundred people attended Tuesday night’s Clintonville City Council meeting, and heard the council members say the mayor has failed to perform her duties. Council members held a vote of no confidence in Mayor Judith Magee, which was approved 6-4. That symbolic gesture followed a 6-4 vote to override Magee’s veto that prevented an investigation of alleged misconduct into city administrator Lisa Kotter from going to a labor attorney. Seven votes were needed to get that override.
Kotter is accused of using the city of Clintonville’s travel budget for family vacations. Her two-week suspension ended when Magee vetoed the move of the investigation to the labor attorney. Magee said that the vote of no confidence was a personal attack, and and that state statute gives her the power to issue vetos.
The council put off discussion of what to do regarinf the investigation of Kotter. The city has spent $6,600 in legal fees, taken from a $20,000 contingency fund for the whole city. Kotter asked the council to share the information about her investigation. The council refrained because it says the investigation has not been officially closed.