Councilmen accuse one of their own of wrongdoing
City Council will discuss complaint against Councilwoman Cudaback Tuesday, Oct. 16 MONROE - Last week’s City Council meeting had a surprise ending when it was disclosed that a complaint leveled against Councilwoman Patsy Cudaback would be discussed in the following week’s council meeting.
The city wouldn’t say much last week except to say the nature of the complaint involves communications on Facebook that potentially talked about an executive session matter, city administrator Gene Brazel said.
Cudaback has a Facebook page where city issues are discussed.
Only specific topics identified by state law can be discussed in executive session and shouldn’t be revealed to the public. Topics include potential litigation, consideration of price for real estate and to review negotiations of a public bid contract, among others.
Cudaback acknowledged that she understood the complaint was about her and asked Mayor Pro-tem Kurt Goering to specify the nature of the complaint.
Goering declined, saying that “that’s what the purpose of next week’s meeting is,” adding that he didn’t think the council was prepared to talk about the matter before then.
Cudaback said she received a phone call Oct. 2 from Brazel to “warn” her a complaint would be coming forward soon. There is no written record of the complaint.
Mayor Robert Zimmerman, who was absent from last week’s meeting, told another paper that the complaint came from Goering and Councilman Kevin Hanford. Zimmerman told that paper he wouldn’t comment further until the Oct. 16 meeting when the matter will be discussed.