back, but Hailey
still has no mayor
‘no confidence’ vote
Express Staff Writer
City Council members Monday deferred the appointment of a new Hailey
mayor after former Mayor Al Lindley rescinded his Nov. 8 letter of
a large crowd of concerned citizens, Council President Susan McBryant—the
acting mayor of the city—said the panel could not appoint a new mayor
until city officials determined whether the city must reinstate Lindley
to his former office.
receipt of a letter to rescind resignation has left us uncertain as to
what the proper procedures are," McBryant told the public.
came during a brief but dramatic set of actions by council members
Monday that revealed not only that Lindley intended to regain his
position, but also that the former mayor allegedly signed two city
contracts without proper approval from council members.
a clear desire to make their sentiments about Lindley public, council
members at the meeting issued an unofficial vote of no confidence in the
former mayor, their second in two weeks.
opened the meeting by reading a statement from the council that
summarized the course of events surrounding the first informal,
non-binding vote of no confidence issued by the council to Lindley on
Nov. 8. "When council member Davis informed the mayor of the
council’s intent to hold a special meeting to discuss the mayor’s
ability to manage the city, the mayor told council member Davis that he
would resign," the statement noted.
then read two letters submitted by Lindley in which the former mayor
explicitly withdrew his Nov. 8 resignation.
letters Lindley stated that he believed the council had mishandled
procedures governing two sexual grievance charges filed against him by
city employees—charges that he cited last week as a primary factor in
feel I can work with the employees on a professional basis,"
Lindley stated in one letter. "I also feel I can work with the City
Council. We have an obligation to the citizens of Hailey."
Don Keirn then challenged Lindley to honor a statement the former mayor
made in his Nov. 8 letter of resignation which said he would not serve
as mayor "if anyone had a problem working with me."
then asked council members to take part in a formal—yet still
non-binding—vote on whether they had confidence in Lindley’s ability
to be mayor. All members of the council quickly expressed votes of no
then scheduled a special meeting to appoint a mayor on Monday, Nov 25.
acting mayor then called for action on two contracts Lindley allegedly
signed on behalf of the city in October without proper authorization
from the council.
council members voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to a preexisting
May contract between Sun Valley Co. and Horizon Airlines. The amendment—which
council members state never came to them for authorization—essentially
stipulated that the City of Hailey would use funds from a $600,000
federal Department of Transportation grant to reimburse Sun Valley Co.
for subsidies the company would give to Horizon Airlines to guarantee
Horizon air flights this winter to Hailey from Los Angeles.
amendment required council authorization to be considered legally
binding, City Attorney Ned Williamson noted after the meeting.)
members then voted unanimously to void an Oct. 15 contract between the
city and Williamson for the attorney to provide legal services through
next September for $125 per hour.
immediately after the meeting confirmed the city’s position that the
documents were signed without the required authorization of the council.
She said the documents in question were only one element of a list of 13
separate ways in which she believes Lindley acted "outside the
scope" of his job.
have pages of it. That’s just two items," she said.
declined to make public the other issues she had identified in regards
to Lindley’s service.
did not attend the Monday meeting—said Tuesday that he believed
members of the council were engaging in "small town
gamesmanship" in an effort to keep him out of office.
he did not sign any contracts that were not "handed" to him by
a ranking city employee, and alleged that he signed the contract between
the city and Williamson in front of Williamson himself.
was never advised by Ned Williamson I couldn’t do that," he said.
said Tuesday that he did not recall exactly when he signed the
agreement, but thought all along the document would be sent to the
council for approval—either as part of the council’s consent agenda
or as a business item.
he would continue to work for the city in the future, despite not having
a binding contract.