Smith questions manager’s residency status


By Dave Lindeman - For the Courier



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HUBER HEIGHTS — Council Member Janell Smith asked Huber Heights City Council to discuss “the charter amendment in regards to the city manager’s residency” at Monday night’s council meeting.

At the Oct. 9 council meeting, Smith called for council to terminate City Manager Rob Schommer’s contract because he does not live in Huber Heights. On Monday night, she noted city residents voted to uphold the charter’s residency rule earlier this year and asked for an update on Schommer’s status. The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in some cases that residency laws are unconstitutional.

When Mayor Tom McMasters said he didn’t think there was any update, Smith asked for further discussion of the issue.

“If we could just discuss this so the residents know where we’re going with this, one way or the other, it doesn’t really matter to me,” she said.

Smith later called for an executive session “to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or official.” Council voted to do so and retired behind closed doors at the end of the regular meeting, later returning without any announcement about the discussion.

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By Dave Lindeman

For the Courier

Reach Dave Lindeman at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.

Reach Dave Lindeman at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.