Almost two years after he was installed in a $95,000-a-year job at City Water Light and Power, a former aide to Mayor Mike Houston will finally get a confirmation vote before the Springfield City Council.
Bob Braasch was named to the job in an interim capacity in February of 2012. Houston submitted the appointment to the Council, but withdrew it when it appeared it did not have the votes to pass.
The mayor contends city law allows him to keep people in interim appointments indefinitely. When asked why he’s now reintroducing the confirmation ordinance after two years, Houston said he had forgotten about the appointment until recently.