Municipal and Legislative Operations Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Levi Lincoln (North) Chamber

Convened: 5:30 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:30 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

Chairperson Khrystian E King
Vice Chairperson Kathleen M Toomey
Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Khrystian E. King Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson
Also:City Solicitor Michael Traynor, clerk

Approval of the Minutes


Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Municipal and Legislative Operations hereby approves the minutes of the Municipal and Legislative Operations meeting of February 18, 2019.


Chairperson Councilor King read the item and moved to adopt the item. Order adopted.


Miscellaneous Items


Communication of the City Clerk transmitting a communication relative to the retirement and resignation of the City Clerk. # 12a CC January 28, 2020

In Committee February 11, 2020 - Held In Committee February 18, 2020 - Held


Chairperson Council King gave an overview of what the Committee has done to date. For the purpose of having an open and transparent process the Chair brought before the committee the two candidates, Assistant City Clerks Stephen AJ Pottle and Nikolin Vangjeli, who were recommended for the position of City Clerk. The Committee posed questions and the candidates provided responses to those questions. The Chairperson Councilor King made the following motion:
"Request City Clerk provide City Council with the General Conservation assessment – Worcester City Clerk’s Office Paper Collection, which was completed in 2018."

The Chair stated as a committee they will decide whether or not the City Clerk position would be kept as an internal hiring or to open this process. The Chair recognized Councilor Mero-Carlson who stated that the two candidates have the talent for this position and made a motion to keep the hiring of the City Clerk position in house. The Chair recognized Councilor Toomey who stated the quality of the two candidates was self-evident and there was no benefit to delay and supported the hiring of the City Clerk position in house.

Since the Committee had not received the requested information for item #2c, the Chairperson requested the City Solicitor to request the City Clerk to provide this information pertinent to item #2c as well as information he previously requested to be given to the committee by Monday, March 9th.

The Chair moved to hold item #2b and continue the meeting in Executive Session. The Committee discussed the need to hold or file item #2a. The Chair moved to hold #2a, also the Chair moved to hold item #2c.

Councilor Mero-Carlson moved to take up her motion to hire in house. The Chair chose not to accept the motion at this time.

The Chairperson Councilor King moved to recess into Executive Session to strategize the process for hiring a City Clerk on a roll call and stated the Committee will adjourn from the open session at the conclusion of the Executive Session. Motion approved on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request tCity Clerk provide City Council with the General Conservation Assessment – Worcester City Clerk’s Office Paper Collection, which was completed in 2018.


Communication of the the City Clerk transmitting the resumes of Assistant City Clerk Stephen AJ Pottle and Assistant City Clerk Nikolin Vangjeli. # 14a CC February 25, 2020


Recommend Hold


Order of Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Councilor Gary Rosen, Councilor Morris A. Bergman, Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey and Councilor Sean M. Rose - Request Standing Committee on Municipal and Legislative Operations review the office structures, staffing levels and salaries of similar sizes cities’ City Clerk’s and Election Offices, as well as City Council support staff offices. # 7i CC February 11, 2020


Recommend Hold