PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The Mayor of Petersburg is responding to concerns over a special council meeting that was held to select a new city manager.
The special council meeting was called Wednesday at 4:30 in the afternoon, a time when most people are still working. Residents say they have concerns about how the city manager appointment is being handled. Some also had concerns over the legality of the timing of the meeting.
According to state law, the mayor may hold special meetings as he deems necessary at times and places as he finds convenient. Petersburg City Council didn’t reach an agreement on the hire of presumptive candidate Rochelle Small-Toney as expected Wednesday.
Residents also had concerns over the location of the meeting; It was held in council chambers at City Hall on Union Street. Mayor Howard W. Myers says they are limited in their choice of locations for meetings. In addition, this meeting was a personnel meeting and didn’t require a time allotment for public comments. Consequently, space was not a major consideration during discussions about meeting locations.
“We are looking for someone with years of experience to help us turn the city around,” Mayor Myers said. “That doesn’t negate the fact that our acting city manager who is here now is not doing a good job. That is not the intent here. The intent here is to have the basic experience or the long-term professional experience for numbers of years in our search to provide that particular service for the city.”
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