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January 29, 2013

City considers transit hire

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OTTUMWA —

Meyers was then told he could also attend, and that both he and Niner would not participate in the questioning of the interviewees. Meyers decided not to attend the interviews.

“Lo and behold, I find that Niner not only does attend, but he also takes part in the questioning,” Meyers said. “I think Niner has been way out of line in his approach to interviewing and how involved he should be, particularly in this last situation.”

Niner said he did not simply show up at the interviews.

“I just sat there and listened,” Niner said. “Each of us asked three questions. But it was written down questions, not out of my head.”

Niner said more candidates with no transit experience should have been interviewed.

“They made it not look very good when they interviewed just [Weller],” he said. “City Hall created the politics by interviewing only one non-transit person, and that was a council person. If they would’ve done more, we wouldn’t have near the politics we have right now.”

The City Council has the ability to remove persons from boards and commissions.

“I hope that any openings in the city in the future are handled in a better manner than this one was. We [the council] want to institute some kind of policy, some kind of rule ... so one person doesn’t seem to be running things,” Weller said. “Just expect that over the course of the next month, maybe, that board might take a change.”

Meyers agreed with the idea to remove people from the OTA board.

“I really feel from the very beginning that Councilman Niner really bordered on taking a position of harassment that kind of magnified some of the problems there,” Meyers said. “As I said to LaPoint and Niner both, now we’ve gone through two directors and we’re looking for a third. At what point do you step away and let somebody else get involved?”

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