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I was at one of the previous city council meetings. This was when newly elected Mayor Kilsheimer came into power. The council was discussing what the mayor's salary should be. Should it be the same as Mayor Land's salary, or not? The problem was that Mayor Land was not taking his full salary, as he had forfeited most of his salary back to the city's coffers, and he was only taking his and his wife's health insurance money needs. I think it was around about $13,000 per year, that Mayor Land received toward his insurance needs, and he and her both were of Medicare age, so I don't quite get that part, but again, it was very honorable for Mayor Land to do that. Anyway, there was a big dispute going on about what Mayor K's salary as mayor should be. Some of the public only wanted Mayor K to get the $13,000 per year salary, what Mayor Land was receiving for his insurance needs. A salary study was done, and so it came down to a council vote. This is where it got fun.....the mayor asked the city attorney, Frank Kruppenbacher, was he allowed to vote on his own salary, as chairman over the council, and the city attorney gave him the okay to vote on his own salary, and I think it was passed for $ 150,000 per year. Then shortly thereafter, Mayor K said that we are going talk about the status of our city attorney, meaning to fire him. Mayor K wanted Frank Kruppenbacher out, and replaced with his choice, TC, as the city attorney. So the council was preparing to vote, when Mr. Kruppenbacher got up, said that" I will save y'all the vote and I resign", and he left right then, and there, and walked out. Later, Mayor K hired TC as his new city attorney. The difference in that scenario and the current council scenario is Mayor K wanted the city attorney fired, but Mayor Nelson does not want the city attorney fired. Under Mayor Nelson he created a legal department, with City Attorney, Michael Rodriguez, as the department head, in which ,at the city, all department heads are subject to the mayor's hiring and firing decisions, not the city council So the situation where Kruppenbacher worked is different, than the situation where Rodriguez works. This is my understanding of the way it is, and why only the mayor can fire the current city attorney. Am I a legal expert? No, and I sure don't claim to be! Just explaining what I have heard, and why it is different than in the past, with previous city attorneys. I believe the city council can fire the clerk because she is not a department head, but is an independent position. But why would they do that, as she is doing a good job?

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