South Bend Common Council votes against 'revolving door' employment ordinance

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

(Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC)

The South Bend Common Council voted 6-3 Monday night, Dec. 14, against an ordinance that would have limited where city employees could work for one year after they left their municipal positions.

Outgoing Henry Davis Jr. proposed the ordinance, which stated that a city worker who maintained a working relationship with a business or organization while in their position wouldn’t be allowed to work for that company for up to a year after the employee left their role with the city. The only exception allowed would have been with the approval of an ethics committee, which would need to be established.

Council members Derek Dieter and Dr. Fred Ferlic and Council President Tim Scott all spoke against the bill.

“It’s really not fair to a business who has had relationships with the city for years and years and is doing good work that someone would go to work for them that they would be penalized for that,” Dieter said, as reported by WSBT.

Ferlic and Scott both said that it could hurt the city’s ability to attract and recruit talented employees.

During the meeting Monday night, which is the final meeting for 2015, the council read four resolutions thanking the four outgoing council members, Davis, Ferlic, Dieter and Valerie Schey, according to our news partners ABC 57.

In January, Regina Williams-Preston, Jo Broden and Randy Kelly will be sworn in as new council members. John Voorde, current city clerk, will take an at-large seat on the city council.