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Hearing on ethics investigation on hold

POSTED: February 10, 2011 8:25 p.m.

Attorneys for Springfield City Council members and for Mayor Jeff Northway will reconvene in Chief Judge William E. Woodrum’s courtroom later this month as Northway’s motion to dismiss council members’ petition to remove him from office is heard.

Council members were scheduled to discuss the findings of an ethics investigation at a special called meeting Thursday night. But one council member who was expected to take part instead went to the hospital on a medical emergency and there was no quorum present.

Mayor pro tem Jeff Ambrose was to have presided over the meeting and council members said they will reschedule the discussion of the ethics investigation findings.

Under the city’s ordinances, any Springfield citizen or anyone with a business relationship with the city may file an ethics complaint. Upon receipt of a complaint, the ethics committee will review it to determine if it is justified. Any testimony or evidence gathered in the course of its investigation is to be maintained in a secure manner and kept confidential.

For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

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