A Springfield alderman says it’s time to put the brakes on a mayor’s ability to appoint someone to a key position in an “acting” capacity… and then leave them there indefinitely.
Alderman Joe McMenamin tells the State Journal-Register that his idea for a six-month time limit on interim appointments was spurred by three personnel moves by Mayor Mike Houston.
One of those, Bob Braasch, has been serving in an administrative role at City Water Light and Power since early last year, but the $95,000-a-year appointment has never gone before the City Council for a vote.
Houston had also indicated he planned to make a formal selection for police chief by late October, but Kenny Winslow is still serving as acting chief.
And Houston says he may leave acting corporation counsel John Mehlick in place for now to maintain continuity while the city battles several lawsuits.