Meet me in da city council chamber, it’s goin’ down

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It’s hard to know exactly when Columbia city manager Charlie Austin turned into Young Joc, but according to a new suit, he was looking to for a fine piece during work hours.

According to today’s story in The State, Austin asked former 911 communications director Judy Gail Spell if she wanted to participate in some after-hours activities. Spell, not succumbing to Austin’s wiles, reported the incident to the city council. Subsequently, she said she was forced out of her job because of her nay vote on the indecent proposal.

Mayor Bob is backing Austin, who supposedly passed a non-admissible lie detector test.

Mayor Bob Coble said Spell sent several letters to council about her concerns, but did not discuss them with council. He said council members discussed the complaints with Austin at length during executive sessions, which are closed to the public.

“We have confidence in the city manager,” Coble said Monday. “He went above and beyond in seeking outside investigation of the charges”

Whether the charges are true or not will come out in the wash, but what can’t be disputed is that this is yet another example of the completely screwed up culture of the Columbia city government.

Austin faces sex suit [The State]


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