Mayor appointments spark battle over inherent authority

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January 10, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Two Iola City Council members expressed concerns about Mayor Bill Shirley’s appointment of two former mayors to a committee that will examine ambulance service in the city and Allen County.

Councilmen Kendall Callahan and Ken Rowe both spoke out against Shirley’s announcement that he was appointing former mayors John McRae and Bill Maness as well as Iolan Mike Russell to the EMS committee.

Callahan said his concerns weren’t about who was appointed to the committee, but rather that Shirley, and not the council, was making the appointments.

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