We received today, additional documents related to our February 27, 2017 FOIA request. The cover letter indicates the City feels it has fully complied with our request and the Attorney General’s Opinion received on July 20th. We are still reviewing all documents received, but do not believe this is the case.
What was interesting in the documents received, is that there are several “Executive Sessions” related to the Tourism Director position that are still be withheld. We have previously requested that the Mayor review these minutes and supply to us at least a redacted copy. We will continue to pursue access to these minutes.
There was valuable information revealed in these documents, however. We did learn that Brenda Logan did submit her resignation as a result of the hiring of her daughter, Kim Orth. The Board seemingly did not understand the conflict of interest it was creating for itself when Clive Moon presented a motion to refuse her resignation. To Brenda Logan’s credit, she abstained from the vote to hire her daughter. It is unclear what role anyone played in the selection process, since we have been denied access these discussions so far. More is coming on this problem.
In addition, the advertisement for the position was supplied, and clearly states that “resumes” are being requested for the position of Tourism Director. Not bids for a contract. This is supported in the Meeting Minutes of April 27, 2017 which further state that:
“A motion was made by Clive Moon…to offer Kim Orth the Tourism Director Position with benefits based on city of Nauvoo employees…”, the meeting continues with discussions on salary ranges “with the 40 hour per week position.”
All information continues to point to this position being considered an employee from its inception, while at the same time ignoring State and Nauvoo laws and ordinances related to hiring.
While all this advertising, interviewing and discussion were going on, it is interesting that just a few days latter a contract is signed, stating that Kim Orth is now a contractor. Somehow, between the events of the April 27, 2017 meeting where she is offered the position as a City Employee (by the Hotel Motel Board), and May 1, when a contract is signed by Terry Marler, Hotel Motel Board Chairman, the arrangement has changed to an independent contractor position, with no additional public hearing, however flawed those hearings may have been, and no new advertising for bids for what is now a new City contract.