West U Council to Consider Ross’ Future

The purpose of the West University Place City Council’s meeting Thursday has been revealed: the newly elected council is meeting to consider hiring “special legal counsel” to advise them on City Manager Michael Ross’ future with the city.

The agenda for the meeting, to be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 18, includes an executive session of the council to evaluate Ross’ performance. Ross has been city manager of West U for 14 years.

The agenda says that the council will discuss hiring a lawyer to “analyze and advise Council regarding the City Manager’s employment agreement, to consult with Council regarding the same, and to assist Council in implementing changes to the same.”

The special meeting was called for at the council’s regular meeting last week, by Councilman Brennan Reilly.

During the executive session, the agenda states that the council may: “Deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee” and consult with the attorney “to receive legal advice concerning the city’s manager’s employment agreement.”

The agenda for the meeting includes an opportunity for the public to comment on matters on the agenda.