Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington was granted his request Tuesday to delay a vote on the crime prevention director’s position.
“I want to try to please these guys who sit around the table with me if i can,” Wetherington said after the request was approved by a 9-0 vote. “This needs to be unanimous. It doesn’t need to be split.”
Wetherington wasn’t in the office Friday but that’s when he started thinking Friday about the position that would pay $63,208 to $96,179. The crime prevention director would lead the mayor’s Office of Crime Prevention and manage a budget of $931,859 for fiscal 2010 and up to $2 million in the future years.
Wetherington said he had visits from Councilors Gary Allen and Berry “Skip” Henderson in his office on Wednesday and Councilor Glenn Davis said he was prepared to vote against the ordinance as it was presented. Davis was opposed to the higher salary but other councilors wanted more information on how the office would work with other departments.
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On Monday, the mayor said he decided to call for the delay after talking with City Attorney Clifton Fay. “I wanted to wait and try to answer some of the concerns that some of councilors have,” Wetherington said. “That was the reason I asked for the delay.”
The mayor couldn’t state when he would bring the proposal back to the 10-member council where six votes are needed to approve the position. Council’s next meeting is Aug. 25. “It will be put back on reasonably soon,” Wetherington said.