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Mayor Discusses City Clerk's Termination

September 15, 2011, 12:01 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Mayor Discusses City Clerk's Termination
SIOUX FALLS, SD - City officials are talking about the termination of Sioux Falls City Clerk Debra Owen, which happened after a two-hour, closed-door city council meeting Wednesday night.

Mayor Mike Huether sat down with KELOLAND'S Ben Dunsmoor Thursday morning to talk about Owen's departure and what happened at the meeting.

The city council appointed Owen, so the decision of whether to terminate her is left up to the council.

When the eight members came out of executive session Wednesday, they voted five to three to fire Owen, who has served as clerk for nearly six years.

Mayor Mike Huether was also part of the meeting and says the council asked him to facilitate the meeting just like he does any other city council meeting. He says the council put a lot of thought into the decision.

"Whenever you're dealing with personnel issues those are so hard. They are very, very painful and I will assure you that this city council they took their role very seriously," Huether said.

The mayor also talked about how the city will now move forward with the special events center election now that Owen, who was in charge of city elections, is no longer clerk.

He also addressed why the media was told to leave Carnegie Town Hall shortly after councilors finished their meeting there.

We'll have all those answers for you later today on KELOLAND News.

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