The change in the job descriptions of the city superintendent and city clerk removed the mayor from receiving updates or reports from either department head and effectively took any reference to the mayor from the job descriptions.
Gray Mayor Stephen Tingen objected to the changes in each of the job descriptions. His comments appeared to be ignored by four out of the five council members, with only Councilman Terry Favors voting in opposition to the changes.
The June 6 council meeting began with the mayor’s report that he read from a prepared statement. He started with a list of the duties of the mayor that included asking questions, being the chairman of city meetings, and the chief executive of the city.
“I view the role of the mayor as the elected official who needs to know what is going on and should have his questions answered,” he said.
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