KEYSER - Despite what may have seemed to be a bit of criticism aimed at the mayor last month, the Keyser City Council amicably passed changes to the city's personnel policy Jan. 9.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Despite what may have seemed to be a bit of criticism aimed at the mayor last month, the Keyser City Council amicably passed changes to the city’s personnel policy Jan. 9.
Mayor Damon Tillman had initially presented the proposed changes to the council during a November meeting. In several of the changes, certain duties - including hearing an employee request for an appeal of a performance evaluation - was assigned to the mayor and/or administrator, as opposed to the entire council.
When the council members went over the proposals in the mayor’s absence on Dec. 12, however, they generally agreed that the appeal process should be kept in the hands of the administrator and council.
Council member William Zacot said he feared the changes as proposed would place too much power with one person - a criticism which the current mayor and council have opening expressed about the previous administration.
During last week’s meeting, however, Tillman emphasized that the proposed changes weren’t something he came up with by himself, but rather in conjunction with the various department supervisors.
Zacot said he would “take the blame” for the comments that had been made about the changes since the December meeting, saying he was trying to squash a lot of rumors.
“This ‘he said/she said’ stuff is tearing this town apart,” Tillman said, urging everyone to “continue to move forward and do what’s best for the city.”
With a motion made by Terry Liller and seconded by Zacot, the personnel policy was adopted 4-0 with the changes giving appeal oversight to the administrator and council.
Council member Eric Murphy was absent from the meeting.