Mayor Darla Clark says she will wait until the June 8 deadline to decide whether to appeal the state's order to give The Herald Journal records detailing the recent parks department investigation.
The State Records Committee ordered release of the records on May 9, after the newspaper appealed the city's refusal to make them public.Earlier this year, Clark asked police to investigate alleged criminal activity in the Parks and Recreation Department. Following that investigation, Parks Supervisor Steve Kyriopoulos was fired. Parks and Recreation Department Director Bob Tate, foreman Ed Stephens and maintenance worker Reed Bytendorp were placed on probation and docked in pay. Stephens was also demoted.
The mayor has not explained publicly why the disciplinary action was taken.
A felony theft of services charge was filed in 1st Circuit Court alleging that Bytendorp accepted and kept $300 for use of a city-owned backhoe at the Willow Park batting cages. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance June 7.
The State Records Committee order allows the city to appeal its decision within 30 days.
When asked if the city is stalling, Clark said, "No, we just haven't decided really what route we want to take."
"I'll tell you it's not high on my agenda items now with the budget sessions," she said. "So, I think, in all fairness, we probably haven't sat and talked about it as much as we should (have). We just haven't had the time."