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April 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Mayor Defends Right To Indefinite Interim Appointments, Will Seek Council Approval Only If He Has Votes


Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is indicating that he may finally bring a controversial appointment before the Springfield City Council… but only if he has the votes to win approval. 

 

It’s been more than a year-and-a-half since Houston appointed his friend Bob Braasch to a $95,000-a-year post at City Water Light and Power.  The mayor previously cited a lack of support on the Council as his reason for not submitting the appointment for a vote. He tells 970 WMAY’s Jim Leach that it is something he should have followed up on. 

 

But he also says city and state laws allow him to leave Braasch in an acting capacity indefinitely if he sees fit.  Houston says he’s confident that aldermen would confirm Braasch if they considered him on the merits, but he is offering no timeline for bringing the appointment before them.

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