It was disclosed Monday evening during a special session of the Cherokee City Council that the termination of Diane Cargin from the position of deputy city clerk/treasurer involved an informal polling of the city council members rather than formal action at a city council meeting.
The special session of the city council was called for labor contract talks, to be held in closed session as allowed under state law. Prior to going into closed session, the city council had a public forum in open session.
At this public forum, it was noted that the position of deputy city clerk/treasurer is an appointed position and the council was asked whether there was a meeting at which the council voted to terminate the person from the position.
Ron Strickland, city administrator, said that there was not a council meeting at which the termination occurred but the council members were polled over the phone after explaining the reason for the termination (which has never been described in open session).
At the meeting Monday, Ron Johnson, Dwight Varce and Bob Leach all said that they had told Strickland that they supported the termination. Mick Mallory said that he had not given a vote on the matter. Doug Woods, although he arrived at the meeting later, was not at the meeting during the open forum portion. He was contacted on Tuesday and said that he was polled by Strickland before the termination and also supported the decision for termination.