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Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 01:33 am

Mayor’s veto of hiring freeze survives

Untitled Document Mayor Tim Davlin’s second veto since taking office in 2003   prevailed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, even though Ward 7 Ald. Debbie Cimarossa says aldermen had enough votes for an override.
In a letter sent to aldermen on Jan. 17, Davlin announced his veto of a city hiring-freeze ordinance introduced by Cimarossa. The ordinance said that all open positions — excluding police officers and firefighters — required aldermanic approval before being filled. Davlin told aldermen that the ordinance “takes the hiring process out of the hands of the executive branch and places it squarely in the hands of the legislative branch.”
Davlin previously questioned whether the ordinance was a political move on the part of the council’s Republicans after it was initially approved on Jan. 8 by a rare 6-4 party-line vote. Aldermen would have needed seven votes to override the mayor’s veto Tuesday, but Cimarossa says they decided to back down and instead focus on solving the funding issue through budget cuts. “There are some things we’ll be needing to cut,” Cimarossa told the mayor on Tuesday. “I’m disappointed, but I truly respect your opinion, and we’ll just have to work through the budget process.” — Amanda Robert
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