City Council Announces Closed Session on City Manager |

The Roswell City Council will meet behind closed doors next week “to discuss limited personnel matters regarding the City Manager.”

The closed session, which is not open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday in the large conference room at City Hall.

Mayor Pro-tem Jason Perry called the meeting. The Agenda also lists City Attorney Hess Yntema as the source for the article.

“Due to state law, I am not permitted to share more information than what has been announced,” Perry said Friday by phone.

New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act was created so that “public business is conducted in public view, the actions of public agencies are taken openly, and the deliberations of public agencies are open to the public,” it said. said Attorney General Hector Balderas in 2015 after the last revision of the law.

The section of the law cited in the meeting agenda by Perry and Yntema, 10-15-1H (2), describes this section as permitting “discussion of hiring, promotion, demotion , dismissal, assignment or resignation from or the investigation or consideration of complaints or charges against a public official. …”

Perry said something else about why this closed meeting was scheduled: “Six individual councilors have requested this closed session so that all of council can be briefed on information that should be owed to all of us.”

He did not identify the six councilors who wanted the information. The Roswell City Council has 10 members.

In a separate phone call Friday with Mayor Timothy Jennings, he said he was out of town, didn’t expect to be back until Sunday evening and had “no comment” on the upcoming meeting.

The part of the Open Meetings Act cited by Perry and Yntema does not allow certain things. For example, it does not “…permit a public decision-making body to retire in executive session to discuss personnel policies, procedures, budget items, and other matters not related to the qualifications or performance of ‘specific individuals’, according to the attorney general’s office. , who created a guide for the public to learn about what are also known as New Mexico’s “sunny laws.”

City manager Joe Neeb said in an email Friday that the purpose of the meeting was “a discussion.” No action will be taken.

Perry and Neeb said they don’t think there will be any further comments afterward.

Neeb was a finalist for the city manager job in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, but was ultimately not hired, according to earlier reports.

Media in Muskegon, Michigan and Beaumont, Texas noted that Neeb had also applied for similar positions in those communities in recent months.

Terri Harber can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 308, or [email protected].

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