Councilor removal policy raises some eyebrows

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The timing was far from ideal.

On Aug. 12, Keizer city manager Chris Eppley announced John Teague as Keizer’s new police chief. He was chosen over 32 others who applied for the position, including internal candidate Jeff Kuhns.

Three days later, the agenda for the Aug. 19 Keizer City Council meeting was released. One of the items on the short agenda was adopting procedures to remove council members for interfering with administration.

The ordinance quoted the city charter, in part: “No member of the council shall directly or indirectly, by suggestion or otherwise, attempt to influence or coerce the manager in the making of any appointment.”

Not surprisingly, some noted the timing and questioned if such an ordinance was quickly prepared in response to the police chief search.

“I got three calls last Friday, asking me who called Chris and tried to hire someone?” Mayor Lore Christopher said during Monday’s meeting. “It was just a terrible case of timing.”


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