Lakeland City Council strips mayor of some powers

Updated: September 17, 2019 10:45 PM

An East Metro city council voted to strip power from their current mayor.
Four members of the Lakeland City Council will now take over several duties of the mayor after what many are calling a contentious time for the small town of 1,700 people.

Mayor Richard Glasgow was planning to show up to Tuesday night's meeting, but instead he tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he chose not to because he didn't want to detract from city business.

Four members of the Lakeland City Council passed resolutions that essentially disperses many of the mayors powers to them, including security, IT services and public works.

"I think if the mayor wants to assume a larger role, he'll need to communicate with us and work with us to show the whole council that it's a good fit for him," Councilmember Joe Paiement said.

"Now they're putting people in positions that have no idea how this city goes day to day," Glasgow said.

'Closed Until Further Notice' sign posted at Lakeland City Hall

This comes after controversy surrounding the closure of that community's city hall. Last week, Glasgow refused to open the doors to city hall for a scheduled meeting to appoint an interim city clerk and administrator.

The mayor claims not enough notice was given to have a public meeting, but councilmembers disagreed.

This is the latest in what many say has been a relationship filled with turmoil. 

Council member Paiement tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS if this system does go well he could see this being a permanent move.

Glasgow says he still wants to be mayor and plans to be until at least the end of 2020.

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