March 13, 2014
What some say is a power struggle between the city and its treasurer escalated Thursday night as council looked to change it city ordinance. City hall was packed as everyone was waited for topic "B" on the agenda list.
"I am recommending that we modify the ordinances and make clear the finance director will continue to be responsible for some particular tasks," said city manager Bob Stripling.
Part of treasurer Elnora Hazlett's job is to collect utility bills that are handled by the finance department but Stripling wants to shift that power over to the city.
"I think its especially important that the treasurer is allowed to concentrate on those functions as opposed to taking on new functions the finance director has been carrying out," said Strippling.
Hazlett is an elected official but the finance director is hired by the city. This discrepancy is what has some residents upset with the amendment.
"The city treasurer's job is to collect the money and that's what we elected her for," said city resident Baldwin Jennings.
Council will vote on changing the city ordinance at the next meeting later this month.