"The grievance filed against the city manager by
The city has long paid for the trips by the student group, and the council budgeted
"After paying for these trips the two previous years at a cost of 50 to
Officials said the trips were approved by the city, so the use of the credit card was authorized.
Heggins brought the grievance after an alleged verbal confrontation with Boynton. Douglas' email indicates that the confrontation may have been over the credit card charges.
Boynton declined to comment.
Heggins was paid
When asked for comment Wednesday, Heggins replied by email:
"I need permission from the City to address questions regarding the matter you are interested in.
Although, I'm concerned about the stories you have written and will write about me based on confidential information released by the City, snippets gleaned from emails, possible comments from retirees, etc., and I am constrained by parameters established by the law, City policy and personal integrity; therefore, rendering me unable to share my side of the story.
I can only hope the
Douglas did talk about the case, at length, in his email:
"I recall it being discussed that
"So city council met to decide how to move forward. I suggested that the city manager be put on administrative leave until the investigation was complete since he is the one presumed to be the aggressor, and the one the grievance is filed against. That was met with strong opposition by some on council, even though with Ms Heggins letting the attorneys know, and the attorneys informing council in advance that she was basically afraid of this man. So much so that after the incident her assistant had to escort her every time she left her office in fear of running into the city manager. The decision by city council in my opinion to not put the manager on administrative leave created a huge ignored liability for the city."
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