During a discussion that was added to the Study Session agenda at the beginning of the meeting, a motion was made to remove South Ward City Council Michael Pollock from his position on the Joint Use Land Subcommittee. The motion was brought forth by another subcommittee member, Council woman Christy Carr.
The possible mistake was made when City Attorney Joe Levan advised Mayor Leslie Schneider that four votes were needed to pass the motion. But in fact, with two council members "recusing" themselves from the vote, the three that voted to remove Michael Pollock from the Joint Use Land Subcommittee had been enough.
"At 11:22 PM the vote finally wrapped up with three voting to remove Pollock, one voting against the motion and two council members recusing themselves. Not knowing the next step with a 3-1-2 split, City Mayor Leslie Schneider consulted with City Attorney Joe Levan. Leven stated the Council needed four "Yay" votes for the motion to pass. The final outcome is that the motion did not pass."
In explaining the motion, Council woman Carr stated that among other reasons, she was asking for the removal because Pollock continued to treat his colleagues with disrespect in the form of accusations of racism. Pollock had also sent multiple emails to the County Commissioners who would have been the deciding vote for appointing the new North Ward member had the Council been unable to decide.
Last week Jane Lindely dropped out of the North Ward race citing Michael Pollocks emails as "bullying". She also filed a code of conduct complaint against Pollock. The Ethics Board meets the third Monday of every month, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
Ethics Board members: Doña Keating, Jim Cash, David Mallon, Karen Anderson, Jennifer Hodges, Dominique Cantwell and Tyler Weaver, will consider this matter during the December 21, 2020 meeting to be held via Zoom from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.
We have reached out to Interim City Manager Ellen Schroer and several council members for clarification on the matter.