Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Council upholds firings

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Two terminated city employees remain out of work today following a meeting of the Minden City Council.

Former Facilities Director Tonkon Williams and former Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Brian Boulas appeared before the council Monday to appeal terminations made by Minden Mayor Bill Robertson.

Both personnel matters were handled separately in an executive session that lasted more than 90 minutes and included witnesses for the city in Williams' case.

When the council reconvened in its regular meeting, Robertson told members that he would stand by his decision to terminate Boulas and Williams.

"The council can make a motion to overturn the termination or stand by it," Robertson said. "If you make a motion to overturn it, it must be by a two-thirds vote."

With all council members present, Boulas' termination was upheld by a unanimous vote.

While Williams' termination was also upheld, the vote was 3-2.

District B councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert made a motion to overturn Robertson's termination of Williams and to reinstate the Facilities Director. District A councilman Joe Cornelius supplied the second to her motion.

Voting to uphold the termination were District C councilwoman Magalene Quarles, District D councilman Tommy Davis and District E councilman Benny Gray.

Boulas was terminated December 6 for an unauthorized action.

Williams was terminated the same day on a separate matter.

The 48-year-old Williams was fired after a complaint of inappropriate conduct was filed against him.

A warrant was obtained for Williams' arrest the following day, and Minden Police picked him up a few days later.

He was charged with sexual battery.

Hiring

Minden City Council voted unanimously to hire Travis Reed as a new officer with Minden Police Department. Reed's hire is effective immediately, provided he passes all applicable tests.

Mayor Pro Tem

District A councilman Joe Cornelius was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tempore for 2013.

Other business

In other business, the council voted unanimously to approve the following:

Adopt a resolution to apply for a grant for Community Water Enrichment; and,

Approve final plat of Johnson re-subdivisions located on Longleaf Drive.

 

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