By JEAN CARTER
Citizen staff writer
A small group of Franklin City residents attended the Franklin City Council meeting to protest the legality of the city hiring former Mayor Jeremy Kimpton as city administrator. Recently the city created the position of administrator, due to more complexities of city government and state and federal regulations. Kimpton had stepped down as mayor, a position filled by Councilman Todd Hawkes.
During last week’s meeting, resident Mark Dietrich claimed the city did not advertise the position or give anyone else an opportunity to apply. “Did council put that information out to the public?” Dietrich questioned. “Did you know who you were going to hire when the job was created?”
Legal counsel for Franklin City Aaron Bergman stated the city was within its legal right to hire who they wanted without advertising. “The city acted in good faith,” said Bergman. “There is a misconception out there. The city has not adopted the Idaho Civil Service Act, nor are they obligated to do that. In reality, the city does not have to go to the public when hiring.”
Mayor Todd Hawkes told residents there a need for this position. We did not know anyone else who had the qualifications at the time. Jeremy has been working on city problems and been involved on council for six years. We felt by hiring him we were doing the right thing.”
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