Mayor Jeffery Jones’ appointment of J. Kevin McDuffie (pictured), municipal court judge, as the chief judge at the city’s court, came under question on Tuesday evening.
Business administrator Charles Thomas, said he will write to the state to save the Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) after the state ordered the city to abolish the agency in a new memorandum of understanding.
The city managed to close its budget deficit of $5.7 million using generous State aid and creative employment of the city’s court system, according to documents presented before the City Council on Tuesday night.
Manuel Ojeda, former director of the city’s public works department, filed a lawsuit against the city alleging Christopher Coke, the city’s current Department of Public Works director, has subjected him to “ridicules” and “derogatory comments,” creating a hostile work environment.
In an effort to reduce the burden on Charles Thomas, the city’s business administrator, the city has created a new position, executive assistant to the business administrator, who will serve as a go-between for the administration in its dealings with constituents and council members, said Thomas during Friday night’s budget hearing.