MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile City Council members are moving forward with a plan to rehire former council spokesperson Marion Steinfels.

Steinfels was fired by Mayor Sandy Stimpson in October. According to council Vice President Levon Manzie, the mayor terminated Steinfels' position due to a disagreement with the City Council.

On December 5, Manzie told FOX10 News that he signed the contract to rehire Steinfels.

Manzie added, “We expect the contract to be signed by Ms. Steinfels and for her to resume working on behalf of us and the citizens of Mobile.”

At a meeting in October, Mayor Stimpson told council members, "We recognize the city council's ability to appoint individuals to boards, but not to appoint employees, and, also, we think it's a blatant violation of the separation of powers."

City Attorney Ricardo Woods said rehiring Steinfels would be a violation of the Zoghby Act, which defines the powers of the Mayor and council, and that the issue could go to court.

Woods also brought up the possibility of impeachment.

"If this does go to court, then people will have to testify under oath, under oath about that violation, which is an impeachable offense," Woods said.

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