At the August 6, 2019 meeting of city council our city attorney spoke about ethics training as well as council members having a better understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.
Then astoundingly she indicated that having a more robust understanding of Roberts Rules would help even her.
Doing her job
Unfortunately this council as well as past councils has appointed the city attorney to also be the city parliamentarian. This job should be done by someone who is not dependent upon the good will of city council.
She should know the rules backwards and forwards. She should see to it that council meetings are conducted using those rules since council has voted to use them.
The job of city parliamentarian has been assigned to her. She should have learned the rules before the very next council meeting.
While we’re at it
She should also see to it that council takes no action that is illegal. She should be completely familiar with the Texas Open Meetings Act and see to it that the act is obeyed.
She should also see to it that the rules about providing backup material when items are placed on the agenda. Too often presentations are made at council meetings without them having been made available for viewing by the public 72 hours before a meeting.
If she doesn’t have time to handle these things she might assign one of her ample staff to do them for her.
Otherwise she should resign as parliamentarian.
We deserve better