Council votes not to retain magistrate
by Rachel Davis
May 22, 2013 | 1285 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — Oakman’s city council voted unanimously on Monday to not reappoint the city’s magistrate. The magistrate and court clerk, Sanquenetta Johnson, had been reappointed temporarily since the new mayor and council took office last November.

Johnson was the most recent court employee to not be retained by the new council as part of a concentrated effort on the mayor and council’s part to restart a court system they said was “failing.”

“To me it just seems like we’re stuck in third gear and we’re not going anywhere,” Mayor Dennis Welch said.

The council entered an executive session to discuss the position and, upon their return, voted to not continue with Johnson.

At the last regular meeting the council voted to appoint a new prosecutor for the court.

The council will hold a special called meeting on May 29 at 6 p.m. to discuss new hires.

In other business:

•The council heard about the recent purchase of a new Tahoe for the police department.

The council also repaired two other police vehicles to give them three currently in service and a fourth car that can be used as a backup if needed.

•The council appointed a committee to oversee the future rentals of the community center and a much-needed cleanup and renovation for the center. The committee will include two council members and a member of the community. The money for rentals will still need to be turned in to the city clerk at city hall, but the committee will oversee cleaning, inspections and deposit refunds.