Legislators discuss clerk memo behind closed doors

by Carol Thompson

A memo issued by acting Oswego County Clerk Georgiana Mansfield was the subject of a closed-door session during Wednesday’s meeting of the legislature’s Community and Consumer Affairs Committee.

The memo, issued Sept. 20 states, “Any contact with representatives of the public, media or legislators concerning the functioning of the Oswego County Clerk’s office or any topic concerning this office not related to the filing, recording or searching of documents will be handled solely by the acting county clerk or the deputy clerk.”

Legislators held a lengthy executive session and adjourned the meeting as soon as reconvened. Legislator Terry Wilbur, who serves as committee chairman, said after the meeting that he could not comment on the executive session.

Legislator Jake Mulcahey attempted to discuss the memo in the public session and the executive session was called for the reason of “proposed litigation or arbitration” as well as Article 14 of the Taylor Law.

County Attorney Richard Mitchell added the session was for pending or proposed litigation and/or arbitration and the employment history of a particular person or persons or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or persons.

While legislators are being tip-lipped following the executive session, they were vocal prior to the meeting.

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