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City Council to meet twice Tuesday: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.
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Statesboro City Council has two meetings Tuesday morning: the regular meeting at 9 a.m., but first, a special meeting with City Manager Charles W. Penny and a consultant at 7:30 a.m.

Both meetings will be held in the council chambers at City Hall. City officials have issued an agenda stating that the 7:30 a.m. meeting's first order of business after the call to order will be "consideration of a motion to enter executive session to disuss 'personnel matters.'" This is apparently based on an assertion that this closed-door session will involve evalution of Penny, who has been on the job exactly three months.

However, a major component of the meeting is the use of an outside facilitator for a discussion of Penny and the mayor and council's expectations of each other.

That facilitator is Bob O’Neill, a retired executive director of the International City-County Management Association who lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

“More than anything, it’s just talking about how we work together, because I’m hoping to be here a while, and so I need to understand what it is council’s looking for, and you don’t often get to do that when you’re interviewing,” Penny said in early September, when this special meeting was initially planned but had to be rescheduled.

“And I will have been here about three months, so they have a chance to say, ‘We like the way you do this’ or ‘We don’t like the way you do that,'" Penny said.

The Statesboro Herald intends to request that if an evaluation of Penny is to be conducted in the closed session that O'Neill remain outside with the local public and that any presentation by the consultant be made in open session. At any rate, the council will have to convene in open session before voting to close.

One action on the 9 a.m. regular, open meeting agenda is the second reading and likely adoption of an ordinance establishing new alcoholic beverage license types. This follows the renewal of licenses on a special six-month basis while the license fees were determined and to reset the renewal date to Jan. 1.

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