The Herald Bulletin

December 12, 2013

Civilian Review Board member feels board overstepping its bounds

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — A member of the city's Civilian Review Board believes the board has been operating illegally by hearing complaints brought by city employees against the city that are personnel issues.

After Thursday night's board meeting, member Robert Moorman said he was being ignored by the rest of the board for political reasons. Moorman is a Republican while the rest of the board consists of Democrats.

Moorman referred to Section II of Ordinance No. 37-11, which created the review board in March 2012. One paragraph reads: "Complaints shall not include any matters related to personnel issues of city employees. Complaints for which a person may take redress by way of established administrative or judicial review of an administrative matter shall not be considered by the Board."

"They're essentially committing a crime," Moorman said.

Several of Moorman's colleagues dismissed his accusations at Thursday's meeting, saying complainants shouldn't have to check their constitutional rights at the door because they're city employees.

Board member Larry Russell likened Moorman's concern to "shenanigans," and said his complaints should be addressed at a separate meeting.

Ultimately, the board elected to table the discussion until more legal examination could be performed on the matter. Moorman argued the matter should have been handled then because several of the topics discussed at the meeting involved city employees.

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