In May 2020, Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced that City of Flint employees will be exempt from city council meetings after 9 p.m., and now this rule will be enforced.
The mayor’s office said city employees and staff are subjected to unreasonable working conditions which include “flagrant and abusive behavior towards them personally and professionally.”
“The ability of city council to manage meetings that limit the scope of debate when conversations drift off topic or become repetitive has not evolved, on the contrary, it has worsened,” said Neeley.
The city administrator will now excuse department heads and other city employees from city council meetings at 9 p.m.
“City council meetings start as early as 4:30 p.m. and last most of the time until the wee hours of the next calendar day, hamper the ability of staff members to serve residents the next day rested and fully alert, and have a impact on their mental health and well-being, ”said the mayor’s office.
Neeley hopes the decision will hold city council members accountable.