Huttig alderman quits during Monday meeting

Apparently more shenanigans went down Monday night in Huttig where during a city council meeting, an alderman quit and walked out, according to an email from a citizen who attended.

Huttig Clerk Becky Mathews confirmed this afternoon that Alderman George Spells quit the council and walked out during an hour and a half executive session following a 10-minute meeting. The session was entered to discuss personnel matters, Mathews said.

However, Mathews said she won’t release any more information to the News-Times until she can check with Mayor Tony Cole, who is still facing down a $208,000 lawsuit from former Police Chief Byron Sartor.

“I was told by my mayor I have to have approval from him before I release anything,” Mathews said.

Spells was unavailable for comment.

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3 Responses to Huttig alderman quits during Monday meeting

  1. The Lone Reader says:

    FOIA

  2. AFM says:

    FOIA does not apply to executive session, that seems to be why he has the majority of the business during the executive session. Interesting to see how this all turns out. Ultimately the citizens of Huttig are the losers regardless…

  3. Admin says:

    I couldn’t have put it better, AFM. That’s the frustration about executive session. According to FOIA law, governmental bodies can enter an executive session but must first say the reason — legitimate reasons include hiring, firing, promotion or demotion when you really boil it down. That body may not take a vote during the session. Afterward, the members of that committee, commission, council, etc. must exit and state what was discussed.

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