Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Algood Council Debates "Employee"

The definition of "employee" is apparently the issue as Algood fire chief Loyd Norris fights to keep his seat on the town council. Norris makes just $1400 a year in his role as chief of the volunteer department, but city attorney Mike O'Mara says the responsibilities of the job are what qualifies him as an employee, not the compensation. And O'Mara says that state law and the city charter prohibit employees from serving on the council. Norris has asked the council to consider an ordinance which would exempt the job of fire chief, but a vote on that ordinance is not expected until next month.