Manning committee to discuss grievance

FOIA: Manning employee can request matter to be in open session at today's meeting

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 7/24/18

MANNING - Manning's newly restructured Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting this afternoon to discuss a personnel matter regarding a grievance.

The three-member committee is comprised of Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, Mayor Pro-tem Sherry A. …

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Manning committee to discuss grievance

FOIA: Manning employee can request matter to be in open session at today's meeting

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MANNING - Manning's newly restructured Public Safety Committee will hold a meeting this afternoon to discuss a personnel matter regarding a grievance.

The three-member committee is comprised of Manning Mayor Julia Nelson, Mayor Pro-tem Sherry A. Welle and Councilman Clayton Pack.

Manning City Council recently approved an ordinance giving the committee the power to fire the police chief, which it did on July 11. After voting to fire Blair Shaffer, the three committee members appointed Keith Grice, a retired South Carolina Highway Patrol captain, as interim police chief.

Four items are listed on the agenda: a call to order, an executive session, possible action following the executive session and the adjournment.

While executive sessions are held behind closed doors, any vote or action that arises from that executive session is mandated by state law to be held in open session.

State law also gives employees the right to demand an open hearing on employment matters.

Section 30-4-70 of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act outlines the types of discussions that can be held in open session at the request of an employee. The section states that executive sessions can be held for the "discussion of employment, appointment, compensation, promotion, demotion, discipline, or release of an employee ; however, if an adversary hearing involving the employee or client is held, the employee or client has the right to demand that the hearing be conducted publicly."

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of Manning City Hall, 29 W. Boyce St.