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City refutes claims, wants former chief, clerk’s lawsuits tossed

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Hume was acting mayor during claimed reappointment

 Attorneys for the City of Lawrenceburg are asking a judge to dismiss a pair of lawsuits filed by the former police chief and city clerk.

The city’s motion to dismiss is scheduled to be heard 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 by Judge Charles Hickman in Anderson Circuit Court.

In its response to suits filed by former police chief Mike Schell and clerk Robbie Hume, the city’s attorneys argue their claims that they had time remaining on their contracts when they were dismissed from their jobs Jan. 2 by incoming Mayor Troy Young doesn’t matter because each was an at-will employee.

In the case of Schell, who claims he was given a two-year appointment last March by the former mayor, the city says that’s not the case.

“Chief Schell was not given a two-year term when appointed March 15, 2018,” attorneys said in their response. “He was merely appointed to complete the term of the former chief.”

In the case of Hume, who claims he was appointed to a new two-year term in December of 2018, attorneys said if that is true, the appointment is void because it could not have been legally done because there was no vote of the city council to approve the appointment.

The city’s attorneys also point out that the date Hume claims to have been reappointed was a Saturday at a time when the former mayor was out of town.

A document obtained by The Anderson News via an open records request shows that Hume had been appointed acting mayor in an executive order by former mayor Sandy Goodlett. In the order, Goodlett said he would be “absent” from the city from Nov. 26 through Dec. 9 of last year.

Hume claims to have been reappointed Dec. 1.