Both of the city's Republican councilors said hiring Ed Krawiecki, Jr to fill one of the part-time city attorney slots is a no-brainer.
Councilor Mike Rimcoski said that he and fellow GOP Councilor Ken Cockayne were ready all along to back Mayor Art Ward's bid to tap Krawiecki to fill a vacant city lawyer position.
But the Democratic council members were firmly opposed.l
"That's why his name didn't come up," Rimcoski said.
Both Rimcoski and Cockayne said that Krawiecki, who served as city attorney from 2006 until early 2008, has the background to step in quickly and lend a hand.
"He can pick up the ball right where it is," Rimcoski said.
The city's only two part-time lawyers, Dale Clift and Jeff Steeg, have turned in resignations effective June 1. They said they might reconsider if the city included them in its heathcare plan.
But Ward said he has no interest in keeping either of the attorneys on the job.
Cockayne called the two lawyers' tactics an attempt at "blackmail" in order to force officials to give in.
He said that when he heard the news, "I was pretty upset."
Cockayne said the mayor took the right stand. But, he said, he wouldn't let them stick around until June 1.
"I would have walked them out of the building," Cockayne said.
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