Mayor Judy Magee has taken a medical leave of absence from the position of mayor.
Magee relayed that information in a press release dated Wednesday, Oct. 1. The press release was emailed to media the next morning.
Magee stated in the press release, “It is with regret that I inform the residents of Clintonville that I am taking a Medical Leave of Absence from my position as mayor. As many of you know, since the last election on April 1, 2014, there has been a great deal of turmoil in city government. I am honored to be elected by the voters and I take the position very seriously.”
Magee continued, “However, since April 1 I have had numerous threats made to me and my position, six members of the council are regularly attacking the work I do, we have had a council member resign, the city administrator resign and a new city attorney who is related to two council members.”
Health issues were first cited by Magee at a Sept. 9 city council meeting. It was at that meeting the council voted 6-2 to censure Magee.
Upcoming issues were addressed by Magee in the press release.
She stated, “The upcoming budget approval will be worse than any other in terms of cuts that must be made. It is critical at this time that the stakeholders (citizens, voters, business owners and neighbors who conduct business in the city) of this community be heard as to what they want the future of our city to look like. The future of Clintonville impacts all the stakeholders who care about the community. I personally do not feel that the majority of this council is taking us down a positive road. However, I am elected by the citizens and it is difficult to determine from my vantage point what everyone truly wants. As stakeholders if you are content and approve of the actions the council majority has made in the past four months then perhaps the majority of the council is acting as you wish them to. If you do not agree with the path we are on it is critical that you speak up and be heard publically. I cannot, along with a small group of council members, carry the weight of 4,535 people on my shoulders. I intend to first get my mental health back to a good place and then it is my hope that starting immediately you as stakeholders will speak loud and clear as to what you want from your elected officials. I will return to my position when my health is better but no later than November 26, 2014.”
Magee also requested that any agenda item added by council members, the city attorney or anyone else, regarding the her, should be held in open session “so that the taxpayers of Clintonville know what is being said about me.”
City Attorney April Dunlavy told the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette that City Council President Jeannie Schley will act as mayor in the absence of Magee.
Schley released a statement through the city, during the afternoon of Oct. 2.
Schley stated in the statement, “In the absence of the mayor of the City of Clintonville, as acting mayor the immediate priority is to seek out an interim City Administrator as directed by the Council at the September 9, 2014 Council meeting. The day to day operations of the City continue to move forward. I have met with city department heads to keep the city moving forward at this time.”