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Mayor Scott Johnson's memo irks Ron Kim

In response to a memo sent by the office of Mayor Scott Johnson last week, Public Safety Commissioner Ron Kim voiced objection and anger at a policy that would mandate the mayor's approval of all personnel requests.

The memo, which was sent to commissioners John Franck, Ken Ivins, Anthony Skip Scirocco and Kim, specifically mentions Human Resources Administrator Marcy Brydges, with the mayor stating that, "She is under my department in terms of my responsibility and accountability to the city," and, "inasmuch as the human resources administrator is responsible to report to my office, I have directed Ms. Brydges to immediately inform me, from this day forward, of any personnel matter request that is made to her."

Brydges said she cannot comment on this issue and referred all inquiries to the mayor's office.

In the Tuesday, April 8, memo, Johnson also cites the city Charter Section 3.2, saying that the charter "states the human resources administrator shall be under the direction of the mayor."

In another section, the charter states, "The human resources administrator shall develop personnel policies that shall be forwarded to the council for adoption or modification upon the mayor's review and approval."

Kim said the hiring and firing process of personnel has never been subject to the mayor's approval before, and it shouldn't be now.

"He is essentially trying to run our department," he said.

Kim asked, "Why does the mayor have to get involved in my business?"

According to Johnson, the mayor's office had conducted a review, and as such had examined the role of the human resources administrator. "This position is one that does serve the entire city but reports directly to the mayor under provisions of the charter," he said.

The mayor also said that there was no suspicion for review, it was simply routine.

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