MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A storm of controversy continues over letters written by a city executive.
In the letters, Mobile Public Services Executive Director John Bell accuses some city council members of making decisions based on race.
City Council President Reggie Copeland has asked the mayor to fire Bell.
The issue centers around the Stormwater Management plan, which was approved Tuesday, April 30. However, the 'yes' vote didn't end the controversy surrounding Bell.
FOx10 News talked to City Council Member Bess Rich after the meeting.
"Did you find them offensive?" we asked.
"Yes, very offensive," Rich responded.
"What specifically offends you about what he said?"
"That I vote on racial lines, and that I'm also incapable of learning or understanding," Rich explained.
Rich wants an explanation from Bell, but Copeland has already asked the mayor to fire Bell.
The city council came under fire from one citizen who thinks Copeland overstepped his authority in publicly calling for an employee to be fired.
"So with the Stormwater Management fiasco I would request that the council stop interfering, threatening, coercing, and otherwise interfering with city employees and let them do their work," Carnell Davis said.
Bell won't be back from vacation until next week, but when he returns to work on Monday he could find himself in hot water.
"I don't agree with Mr. Bell's assertions. But I would like to sit down and talk with Mr. Bell. I've talked with Mr. Copeland, we sat down and had a discussion. But the one thing that we're not going to do, we're not going to let that determine where the city is headed. There's an individual who made a real misstep, and we just have to deal with it," Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said.
So, could the executive director face disciplinary action?
"Anything is possible, but that's not the situation right now. We've not spoke with Mr. Bell. I haven't spoken with him in person, neither has Mr. Copeland spoken with him in person. He's requested to meet with Mr Copeland. I've told Mr. Bell when he comes back I need to meet with him, to sit down and go over this entire matter. And, at that point we'll make a decision on where to go from there," the mayor said.
The storm water management contract that was the focus of Bell's letters was approved by the council Tuesday. Both Copeland and Rich voted against the contract, which went to the minority owed company, Mobile Group Incorporated.
The vote included a compromise that requires the mayor to make progress reports to the city council on the project.
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