Youngstown council members take aim at law director

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Youngstown council members said during a meeting Tuesday that they have no confidence in the Mayor John McNally administration.

First Ward Councilwoman Annie Gillam brought up her concerns about the city law director and mayor just before Tuesday’s meeting adjourned and she and 6th Ward Councilwoman Janet Tarpley had some very pointed comments.

“It looks like this administration wants to leave certain people behind. And you know what? That’s not happening,” Tarpley said.

She said unfair decisions were made by City Law Director Marty Hume that will have a direct impact on city residents because it will limit how their voices are heard.

“People in the community need to know this and understand there is something wrong at City Hall,” Tarpley said.

Issues started to come to a head between Tarpley, Gillam and Hume earlier this summer. The councilwomen said he threw out at least two proposed legislation items without proper review.

“It was done totally different and totally underhanded to me. And I just can’t trust this process any longer,” Gillam said.

“It is zero confidence as far as I am concerned with this administration and this law director. Zero confidence,” Tarpley said.

Hume said he is just following the law.

“The advice I have given is based off the charter and the constitution and the law of the state of Ohio,” Hume said.

Tarpley and Gillam also said Hume is biased in representing the mayor over city council.

“He says he’s supposed to be the law director for both of us, but he is not representing both sides,” Gillam said.

However, Mayor McNally supports Hume, who he appointed as law director in December.

“I think Marty Hume is doing a great job as law director and he tries to represent the city as a whole,” McNally said.

McNally said he is going to reach out to council members to resolve the issues. Tarpley said this is the third administration she has worked with as city councilwoman and it’s the first time she’s ever experienced any issues like this.

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