Commission to consider manager’s termination

One of the first items on the agenda for the Sallisaw City Commission Monday night will be an executive session to consider the performance of Sallisaw City Manager Clayton Lucas II and possibly terminating his employment.

The commission meets at 6 p.m. Monday night (Nov. 13) at the Civic Center.

The commission has scheduled executive sessions for the past several months. Last month, the commission did not go into executive session due to a lack of votes. Sallisaw Mayor Jim Hudgens was out of town at the time.

Each time the executive sessions have been labeled as discussion of Lucas' job performance, but this is the first time the agenda items have listed considering termination.

Rumors and speculation of Lucas' possible termination have been floating around the city for the past several weeks.

While public entities can hold executive session, it must be listed as to what will be discussed. The commission is not required to say what was discussed in the executive session. In order to take any action, the commission must return to open session.

The next item listed on the agenda after the executive session is to consider and to take possible action to terminate the employment of Lucas.

Because the item calls for an executive session, Hudgens said he would not comment.

Lucas could not be reached for comment by press time.

Lucas began work as city manager for Sallisaw in May of 2015, replacing outgoing city manager Bill Baker. He had previously been director of administration of the Fresno (Calif.) Housing Authority.

Sequoyah County Times

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