Former Mt. Vernon deputy city clerk says firing was retaliation, against city charter

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Mount Vernon's former deputy city clerk says her firing was not only against the city's charter, but it was also as a means of retaliation.

Lauren Carter said she received a letter of termination from City Council President Lisa Copeland Tuesday. She says the letter didn't offer much of an explanation as to why.

Carter claims this goes against the city charter, which states the council appoints the deputy city clerk.

"Just as we're appointed by a vote of the city council members' unanimous vote, then they should be removed by a unanimous vote as well," says Carter.

But Councilwoman Delia Farquharson told News 12 she was "not aware" of Carter's termination, and she "conferred with two other council members who told me that they too were ignorant of this decision, and did not agree with the decision."

Carter says she believes the move was made because she supported Andre Wallace's run for mayor.

News 12 reached out to Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard's team, who said they cannot comment on personnel matters. City Council President Copeland did not respond to a request for comment.

 

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