More questions are arising concerning the letter that was drafted by City Administrator Rick Childers to Firefighter Union Local 3133 in which he says the city council directed him to write.
The Daily News asked Childers on Friday why the meeting was conducted in closed session. Childers quickly referred The Daily News to City Attorney Brian Hall for comment but minutes later told councilmembers that Hall would not speak to anyone from the public unless first authorized by himself or the Mayor.
The Daily News then asked Childers about why the public was told the council authorized the letter and that all seven members at the time were in agreement.
Councilman Dave Powell told The Daily News last month that no consensus or vote was ever arrived.
Missouri Press Association Attorney Jean Maneke told The Daily News that the council would have had to vote on the letter.
Powell said that Mayor Lance Green and Childers told them it was a done deal and a letter of approval was never mentioned.
With Powell sitting next to him on Friday, Childers said, “I don’t know why those people are saying that.”
Richmond firefighters have not commented publicly on the issue.
Councilwoman Terrie Stanley at the last Council meeting made a motion to rescind the letter but the issue was added to tomorrow night’s agenda.