Council votes against mayor’s firing city attorney
by W. Brian Hale
Jul 01, 2011 | 2964 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — The Oakman City Council gathered for a special called meeting on Thursday night to discuss issues pertaining to City Attorney Charles Tatum and Magistrate Sanquenetta Johnson.

Tatum and council members confirmed that Mayor Joyce Todd recently sent a letter terminating Tatum’s position as city attorney, the third time she has done so since his appointment to the position. Council members, however, didn’t agree with the mayor’s decision — as in the two previous attempts by Todd.

A motion to not affirm Tatum’s termination passed with a 5-1 vote, thus retaining him as the city’s attorney. Patt Blackwell, Jack Smith, Marion Constant, Steve Windham and Dennis Welch voted yes, while Todd voted no.

In other actions from the meeting:

•Resolution 2011-06-30-01 was passed unanimously, removing Leon Welch’s name from all bank accounts belonging to the city and placing Johnson’s name in his place.

According to Tatum, the resolution can be taken to the bank for official record in the place of meeting minutes.

•A motion to purchase a fax machine for the city’s court passed unanimously. Funding will come from the city’s court account.

•Resolution 2011-06-30-02 authorizing the purchase of municipal court software for the city’s court clerk passed unanimously.

Funding for the purchase will also come out of the city’s court account.