- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The mayor of Summerville is seeking to muzzle town employees, including the administrator, from speaking to the media or representing the town on issues without the council’s consent.

The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/2eZGjI5 ) reports Mayor Wiley Johnson said during a recent council meeting that such a move would ensure that council members would be the ones determining the town’s future, and not staff.

Councilman Walter Bailey questioned the legality of such an approach, arguing that staff should have the freedom to voice their opinions to the press.

Johnson says staff should be free to address ongoing issues, such as debris cleanup, but he says matters that have to do with the “direction of the town” should be left up to council members.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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