A Cedaredge Town Board executive session requested in April by the police chief took place prior to the trustees' work session on May 9.
Chief Robert Yant had asked for the closed-door session to address comments about department operations that trustees made during the April 18 meeting.
The board didn't make any announcements immediately following the May 9 work session. However, at the trustees' next regularly scheduled meeting, on May 16, one of the first items on the business agenda reads, "Board of Trustee comments regarding appointments and staff."
Mayor Pat Means led off with comments saying, "It is my responsibility to guide comments at the meeting. I failed to control the (April 18) meeting. I apologize to the Chief and rest of the board, and to the audience."
Trustee Ray Hanson added, "I apologize that we should not have let the meeting get out of hand. I want to let the Chief and the rest of the staff know we are sorry and will see that it never happens again."
Mayor Pro Tem Gene Welch and Trustees Larry Smith and Nancy Sturgill voiced their agreement with Hanson's statement.
Trustee Ken Simpson, whose unexpected remarks about the police department and the Chief's performance had led to the May 9 executive session, apologized "to the Chief, the town board, and constituents" for the improper timing of his remarks at the April 16 town board meeting. "I stand corrected," Simpson said.blog comments powered by Disqus