The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Sean C. Morgan
Of The New Era 

Council cites law in declining to talk about Martin exit


May 17, 2016

CITY COUNCIL members, left, listen as local resident Theresa Brown speaks during last week’s council meeting at the Community Center. The City Council sits at the table to the left. From left they are James Goble, Mayor Jim Gourley, Dave Trask, Bruce Hobbs and Jeff Goodwin. Greg Mahler and Ryan Underwood were absent. From left at the back table are City Attorney Robert Snyder, Finance Director Pat Gray and Public Works Director Mike Adams.

Hobbled by concerns over the legality of commenting on a labor issue, Sweet Home city councilors told a crowd of some 50 people at the Community Center Tuesday that they couldn’t tell them why they forced Craig Martin to retire after 18 years.

But they called for the city to move on and individually shared their visions for Sweet Home Tuesday after hearing from members of the crowd, who wanted to know what direction the council is headed in the wake of the city manager’s forced retirement.

The council forced Craig Martin to retire April 30. According to the release agreement between...

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