WORCESTER – The City Council was told Tuesday night it has little input when it comes the Citizen Advisory Council.
At-large City Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes included an item on the agenda asking about the June 8 meeting of the advisory council, which recommends candidates for various boards and commissions to the city manager’s office for final approval. Specifically, Ms. Lukes, in her order, asked about an interview at that meeting of applicant Margaret Melican, a local attorney.
During the interview, a recording of which is available on the city’s website, Ms. Melican was asked about her association with the local Turtleboy Sports blog, where she is a frequent commenter. She also represented the blog and Aidan Kearney, whose name is associated with the blog in the secretary of state’s corporate database, in a lawsuit filed last year. Ms. Melican was also questioned about the potential for conflicts of interest as a lawyer who could represent developers.
The Citizen Advisory Council ultimately voted 6-4 not to pass Ms. Melican’s name forward for consideration.
The reading of Ms. Lukes’ order, and a brief back-and-forth, was as far as the discussion got. City Solicitor David Moore said the issue involved the conduct of members of the advisory council, and that, per the city charter, the City Council cannot participate in appointment or removal, or disciplining of city employees or subordinates of the city manager.
Mr. Moore said the Citizen Advisory Council is appointed by the city manager, with confirmation of the council. He…
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