Alderman Pulls Review Board Plan

By John Sonderegger Of The St. Charles Post | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), February 13, 1996 | Go to article overview

Alderman Pulls Review Board Plan


John Sonderegger Of The St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


St. Peters Alderman Judy Bateman has withdrawn a bill that would establish a personnel-review board for city employees who have been fired.

But she is not giving up the fight. "I very much still believe that this is necessary," said Bateman, 2nd Ward. "Maybe the charter will address it."

On April 2, voters in St. Peters will vote on two charter issues. They will be asked if they are in favor of a charter form of government. They also will be asked to vote for 13 of 28 candidates for the Charter Com mission, which will write the set of rules for governing St. Peters. That charter then will be on the ballot of a future election.

Bateman is hopeful that the authors of the charter will consider a personnel-review policy. Residents would serve on a board to hear grievances of employees who have been involuntarily dismissed.

She has been trying since December to get an ordinance passed that would establish the review board.

"I withdrew it because it seems like ever since I introduced it, people aren't showing up at meetings," Bateman said.

The board has eight aldermen. Bateman said she felt the vote would be 4-4. She needed Mayor Tom Brown to break the tie in favor of the ordinance. The bill has been on the agenda four times, and there has been o ne alderman missing from each of those meetings. Jack Hunt, 3rd Ward, was missing at last week's meeting.

Bateman said she doesn't believe there is a conspiracy, mainly because Alderman Don Aytes, 4th Ward, missed a meeting in late December because of an illness and "he really was sick."

But she is frustrated by the no-shows. …

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