City Council spars over alleged violation, cites ‘lesson learned’

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Minutes after passing a resolution marking May as Civility Month, the Perry City Council’s Tuesday night meeting quickly lapsed into an uncivil discussion with a volley of barbed comments and cross allegations.

Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton defended her request to City Attorney Ray Curtis to conduct non-legal research and Curtis, in turn, asked for clarification from the council regarding “grey area” lapses between what the city charter dictates and provisions in his employment contract with the city.

PHOTO: “Maybe I interpreted it wrong,” Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton said of the city charter’s directive on individual council members dealing with city employees and incurring expenses.

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