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October 23, 2014, 12:13 am
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Mayor: Appointment Confirmation Will Wait for Guaranteed Votes

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he will bring a controversial appointment before the city council, only when he thinks he’s got the votes to get it approved, and not before.


Houston drew criticism for naming longtime friend and former aide Bob Braasch to a management job at City Water Light and Power. The appointment had been scheduled for a confirmation vote by aldermen, but Houston pulled the ordinance just before that vote, and decided to leave Braasch in the post in an acting capacity.


Appearing live on 970 WMAY, Houston says he will bring the appointment back before the council some day, but only when he thinks it will have enough support to pass.


City officials say there is no requirement that such appointments go before the council within a certain time frame, and say Braasch can stay as an acting manager indefinitely.


A Springfield Alderman may try to force Mayor Mike Houston to bring the appointment of an old friend up for a city council vote.  Ward 8 Aldermen Kris Theilen says he requested the city legal department to write an ordinance to place a six month limit on “acting” positions. 


He turned in that request two weeks ago after the mayor withdrew an ordinance seeking city council approval of Bob Braasch to a $95,000 a year management position at City Water Light and Power.  But Theilen says he’s not sure that such a change can be implemented.

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