“And I have no desire to participate in a witch hunt and second guess [sic] the city manager.”
Michael D. Getz, Beaumont attorney and city councilman, Mayor pro tem
The quote was from public comment section of the Beaumont Enterprise regarding the demotion and eventual firing of water department director Dr. Hani Tohme by City Manager Kyle Hayes.
But apparently Councilman Getz would do exactly that when it involves the council’s approval of an appointment by City Attorney Tyrone Cooper. And he didn’t stop with the “second guess” of Cooper’s decision or “participate in a witch hunt”. He conducted it.
Granted, Cooper initially didn’t provide much information for the consent agenda packet council members get before a meeting. Not even a name according to Mayor Becky Ames. But he did hand out this just before the meeting commenced.
Under the Charter, the City Attorney may appoint his assistants with the approval of the City Council at such compensation as set by the Council. There has been a vacancy created in the [City Attorney’s] department by the resignation of Grant Boston. Ms. Colbert is very qualified for the position. The City Attorney recommends that the appointment of Kelli Colbert for as an Assistant City Attorney II for the City of Beaumont be approved at a starting salary of $50,000 together with all the benefits of a civilian employee.
And before the vote on the consent agenda Mayor Ames noted City Attorney Cooper was pulling the item for a weeks deferment. That Councilman Getz had requested more information which was being provided by way of the application package of the prospective new employee that included a cover letter, resume and a filled out application.
But before there came a motion, Councilman Audwin Samuel had a question.