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According to the Blog of Record:
Mercier said she is seeking the vote of no confidence because neither the city’s Plan E charter nor City Council rules appear to provide a formal process for the council to remove the mayor from his role.
Mercier, who has topped the ticket in the last eight council elections and is one of the most popular politicians in Lowell’s history, said Murphy would be invited to the executive session if the council decides to hold one.
She also said she believes she has the support for her motion and no-confidence vote, and hopes Murphy decides to resign.
Sources told The Sun if the council was able to take a vote to have Murphy relinquish the chair, those who planned to support it were Councilors Elliott, John Leahy, Lorrey, Kennedy and Mercier.
It’s sweet of you to ‘invite’ the Mayor, Rita. But, how do you propose getting around the inconvenience of the OML?
Section 21. Executive Sessions
(a) A public body may meet in executive session only for the following purposes:
(1) To discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual. The individual to be discussed in such executive session shall be notified in writing by the public body at least 48 hours prior to the proposed executive session; provided, however, that notification may be waived upon written agreement of the parties. A public body shall hold an open session if the individual involved requests that the session be open. If an executive session is held, such individual shall have the following rights:
i. to be present at such executive session during deliberations which involve that individual;
ii. to have counsel or a representative of his own choosing present and attending for the purpose of advising the individual and not for the purpose of active participation in the executive session;
iii. to speak on his own behalf; and
iv. to cause an independent record to be created of said executive session by audio-recording or transcription, at the individual’s expense.
The rights of an individual set forth in this paragraph are in addition to the rights that he may have from any other source, including, but not limited to, rights under any laws or collective bargaining agreements and the exercise or non-exercise of the individual rights under this section shall not be construed as a waiver of any rights of the individual.
I’m not so sure that the ‘Coalition of the Chatty’ will hold together, knowing every word they say, in Open Session, can be clipped into a Youtube video and played every day until Election Day.
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