Mayor asks Heard to resign

Lebanon City Council 05-08-2017

LDR photo/Steve Smith

Lebanon city officials review a section of the city’s proposed personnel manual at Monday night’s city council meeting. From the left are Councilmen James White and Ken Eldridge, Mayor Josh Ray and Mayor Pro Tem LeAnn Mather.

By: 
STEVE SMITH ◆ SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

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Lebanon Mayor Josh Ray called on City Administrator Chris Heard to resign at Monday night’s city council meeting.

A large group showed up at city hall and some of them were vocal in support of the mayor throughout the meeting.

Mayor Ray alleged that Heard has been undermining him and pointed to an ordinance for a new  personnel manual being voted on by the council Monday as an example. He said the proposed ordinance strips the mayor’s power to appoint the community development director and the public works director and gives that authority to the city administrator.

He added that the ordinance as proposed would also have changed the mayor’s authority to seat the personnel board for a one-year term to two years.

“This has not been brought to council and noted and it was not brought to me, because I don’t matter. This has the appearance of being a sneaky, underhanded extra limitation on this position,” Ray said.

“This is not the only time this behavior has been exhibited. I’ve been in this job for a year. Trust me when I tell you there’s been more issues.”

Ray said he tried to work with Heard, but had been unable to do so.

“How can I operate effectively as the head of city government if the person that is supposed to be my right hand purposely undermines me and doesn’t see me as his supervisor?” Ray said. “This town deserves better and hiding or protecting a bureaucrat like that is detrimental to our community, and it speaks volumes for you when you make decisions to give that person more authority.”

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