We hate to say the infighting is over in this Gwinnett county city known for its never-ending political battles, but Mayor Kelly Kautz and City Council managed to negotiate a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the mayor over the right to hire and fire city employees. From the Gwinnett Daily Post:
In the settlement, reached after the plaintiff wrapped up its case Friday, the parties gave up the fight over the terms of the city clerk — which Kautz purports to be one year, while council members said that law was changed — or the city manager — which Kautz claims was drawn into the man’s contract but the council believes is to “serve at the pleasure of the mayor and council.
But with Arnold stepping down, Kautz is free to name former Miami assistant clerk Phyllis Moreland-Richardson to the post, six months after she surprised the council with the move. Moreland-Richardson will be sworn in at a specially called meeting on Thursday.
While the council agreed to a three-year contract with [City Manager Butch] Sanders in December, saying the mayor did not have to reappoint because there was no vacancy in the role, the settlement says Sanders will resign at the end of 2015, giving the mayor the provision to reappoint him or another person to the role at that point.
Both sides called the settlement a victory, although we note that in order to have a say in whether Sanders keeps his job after 2015, Kautz will need to win re-election in November of that year.