Behind Closed Doors
Carmel City Council to discuss embattled City Administrator
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The closed session is scheduled for August 24.
On the agenda is the performance of City Administrator Rich Guillen—accused of sexual harassment and age discrimination in a recently settled lawsuit in which the city paid former Human Resources Manager Jane Miller more than $600,000 instead of fighting the case in court.
Residents recently expressed anger and sadness at the issues the settlement raises—at a standing room only City Council meeting in July and a town hall meeting called by City Councilman Jason Burnett and attended by more than a hundred people. Some residents say they worry about the way city employees are treated, while others express concerns over transparency or lack of it at City Hall, and the city's spending on the Miller case.
Burnett says he asked Mayor Sue McCloud to schedule the meeting several weeks ago; she informed him Aug. 17 that she had done so.
It is unclear whether the City Council will report the results of its closed door session when it adjourns Aug. 24, or whether as it has done in the past, it will report at the next scheduled council meeting—September 14.
City Administrator performance has been the subject of at least four other recent closed sessions