Besides budget and levy issues, the Morris City Council discussed some other municipal issues at its regular meeting this week. They approved a four year contract to use the services of Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan as the City Attorney. Jordan will be paid $42,000 for his City duties in 2019, with cost of living adjustments added for the succeeding years. Morris Transit reported 6,286 passengers used their service in November, which marked the top November ridership in the history of Morris Transit. The Council also authorized all City offices to close at noon on Christmas Eve day, with the exception of the Police Department.
As the City’s Civil Service Commission is convened to search for a new Chief of Police, the Council also spent much time discussing the future of that Commission. City Attorney Aaron Jordan noted that the laws governing the Civil Service Commission date back to the 1950s and 60s, and state laws passed in the 1970s and 80s are often in conflict with what the Commission tries to do.
Jordan also noted that union contracts, particularly with law enforcement employees, additionally conflict with commission duties. The Civil Service Commission currently consists of three citizens.