The resignation of the City of Springfield’s Acting Corporation Counsel had nothing to do with recent dust ups over questions of conflicts of interest, according to Mayor Mike Houston.
The mayor says that John Mehlick did have some frustrations with dealing with Aldermanic requests, but this week’s exchange with Ward 5 Alderman Sam Cahnman dealing with possible conflicts of interest didn’t play a role in his decision.
There were also questions about Mehlick’s role in a case involving FOIA Shred Case Plaintiff Calvin Christian when Mehilick was a judge, but Houston dismissed that concern as a possible conflict of interest.
Houston says Mehlick informed him of his plan to depart the city way before this week’s city council meeting. Mehlick’s last day is December 14.
Houston says he will actively seek a replacement for the office.
The mayor also says he is still seeking a replacement for a police chief.
Both offices were left vacant earlier this year in the wake of revelations over the destruction of police internal affairs files.